Picturesque Little Paris style house

Little Paris style house dating from the late 1890s, Mantuleasa area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

This is an interesting example of Little Paris style wagon house, typical of Bucharest’s La Belle Époque decades (late Victorian and Edwardian periods). I like the naive mix of French historicist themes such as the classical window pediments or the corner apparent Ionic columns and the Corinthian ones flanking the entrance, with Ottoman elements such as the blossomed flowers that adorn the frieze and the roof eave beam ornaments. Remarkable are also the well preserved doorway conservatory and the steeple-like roof adorning the entrance sector of the house. The building is representative of one of Bucharest’s’ happiest and bohemian ages.

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I endeavor through this daily series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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