Images from today’s tour about the early phase of the Neo-Romanian architectural style

Historic Houses of Romania walking tour, Satuday 14 April '12: the early phase of the Neo-Romanian architectural style (©Valentin Mandache)

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Bucharest old street nameplates

Bucharest old street nameplate (©Valentin Mandache)

I enjoy doing, apart from examining the architectural styles of period houses, what I call “urban archaeology” and discover traces of the old fabric of a city. Illustrated here are two such findings, examples of street name plates still surviving in hidden corners of contemporary Bucharest. The photograph above indicates a street and house number, carved on a marble plate, in the centre of the city, in the lettering style of the the 1900s, while the second photograph is from what in the late 1920s were the new suburbs to the north east of Basarab train station. That date is also betrayed by the lettering style typical of that period and by the vernacular Neo-Romanian style of the house which bears this quaint plate.

Bucharest old street nameplate (©Valentin Mandache)

Bucharest old street nameplate (©Valentin Mandache)