The former Lloyd shipping company’s offices from the 1900s Bucharest

A while ago, while walking in central Bucharest, I discovered what  I believe are the former Norddeutschcer Lloyd shipping company’s offices that were active in the pre-World War One city. Norddeutscher Lloyd has been one of the major shipping companies of the world, which in 1970 merged with Hamburg America Line (HAPAG) to form the contemporary transport giant HAPAG Lloyd. The bygone bureau is located in a quite non-descript Fin de Siècle building on the Brezoianu Street, close to the intersection with Boulevard Elisabeta. It is remarkable that the inscription mentioning the company name has survived in the last century of vicissitudes and tragedies that have nearly permanently threatened the architectural fabric of Romania’s capital. The inscription is in German: “Rumänischer Lloyd” (The Romanian Lloyd) and indicates the fact that the local bureau has probably been a branch of the company functioning in the then Wilhelminain/ Victorian Germany. The building is now inhabited by a number of families and is in a quite bad state of repair. The old Little Paris style doorway that adorned the entrance, has been replaced a few years ago by a modern metallic contraption of which probably the ignorant proprietors dwelling in this edifice are probably very proud.

1900s Lloyd offices, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

1900s Lloyd offices, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

1900s Lloyd offices, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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