Neo-Romanian façade

Neo-Romanian style facade, house dating from the mid-1920s, Mosilor area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

This it how an “ordinary” Neo-Romanian style house façade looks. The four storey building dates from the mid 1920s and belongs to the mature stage of development of this style, which took place between 1906, the year of the Great Royal National Exhibition, when the Neo-Romanian order was made known to the wider public, thenceforth becoming fashionable among the mass of the citizens, and the late 1920s, when the style reached a crisis of expression under the “assault” of modern forms, ideas and technologies brought about by the increasingly popular, in Bucharest and Romania, Art Deco and Modernist styles. This particular façade displays a multitude of archetypal Neo-Romanian elements such as references to the Christian trinity in the number of window sectors (envisaged as triptychs), the number of three-lobed veranda arcades, etc., short columns decorated with the rope motif, arched window pediments, or an allusion to the cula tower (the c17th-c18th fortified yeoman houses of Oltenia region in the frontier south western region of the country) seen in the massive protruding multi storey Oriel window-veranda structure.

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I endeavour through this series of periodic 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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