Exquisitely carved wooden columns

An exquisite example of composite style (Inter-war Venetian, Ottoman Balkan, Iberian) wooden columns embellishing the veranda of a late 1930s house, Icoanei area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The carving of the wooden columns in the photograph above must have been the work of a master carver of a rare talent. The design is a seamless blend of styles that were popular in the 1930s Bucharest, such as what I call the Inter-war Venetian, Ottoman Balkan outlines and even echoes of Spanish Neo-Renaissance.

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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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