Recommend Historic Houses of Romania blog to friends and strangers

Historic Houses of Romania blog author at the Central School, designed by arch. Ion Mincu in 1890 in the Neo-Romanian style, Bucharest (photo: arch. Daniela Puia)

Dear readers,

I hope you like the Historic Houses of Romania blog articles about the rich, diverse and highly particular architectural heritage of this region of South East Europe. If that is the case, then why not recommend it to friends, acquaintances or even strangers that might cross your way, or spread the word about the site on your social media or website of choice: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, SumbleUpon and whatever else is under the Sun :)

I trust that you will continue to find interesting the new articles which I am constantly preparing, supplemented since last year by the architectural history walking tours in Bucharest and other locations in Romania!

Yours,

Valentin Mandache

Expert in Romania’s historic houses

(Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/casedeepoca Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/casedeepoca)

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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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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.

The 10 most popular Historic Houses of Romania articles in February 2012

  1. Bucharest 1900s architectural ironwork
  2. The NEO-ROMANIAN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: a brief guide on its origins and features
  3. ART DECO Bucharest building damaged through ignorance and avarice
  4. Earthquake Events in Bucharest and Their Effect on Historic Houses
  5. Glazed ironwork entrance from the La Belle Époque years
  6. Lilac leaf shaped Art Nouveau windows
  7. Art Deco magazine covers
  8. Bucharest 1930s skyline
  9. Bucharest Neo-Romanian style windows
  10. Neo-Romanian style picture frames

I am happy to report that the blog Case de Epoca – Historic Houses of Romania goes from strength to strength, as the site statistics for February 2012 wholesomely show. I again had 20,000 unique readers from all over the globe, the leading countries being the United States, Romania, United Kingdom, India, Russia and Australia. Bellow is a distribution map of my blog’s readership in the last few months. Needless to say that the coverage achieved by Historic Houses of Romania is unmatched by any of Romania’s architectural, cultural tourism or property market magazine, publications that have many employees, funded by press trust money.

Case de Epoca - Historic Houses of Romania readers' distribution map, 1 March '12

Images from last week end’s architectural tours (“The Mature Neoromanian Style” & “Mantuleasa Quarter”)

Saturday 3 December '11: The mature Neo-Romanian style architectural tour (©Valentin Mandache)

Sunday 4 December '11: Mantuleasa quarter architectural tour (©Valentin Mandache)

This week’s tours, at which you are kindly invited to participate, are the following: a thematic architectural tour on Saturday 10 Dec. ’11 (13.00h – 15.00) entitled “The Art Deco and Modernist Bucharest” and an area one on Sunday 11 Dec. ’11 (10.30h – 13.30h) in Bucharest’s Dacia quarter. I will post detailed announcements in the next couple of days.

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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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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Recommend Historic Houses of Romania blog to friends and strangers

Historic Houses of Romania blog author at the Central School, designed by arch. Ion Mincu in 1890 in the Neo-Romanian style, Bucharest, June ’11 (photo: arch. Daniela Puia)

Dear readers,

This message is just a gentle, loving reminder from the author of this blog that if you like what you see on the Historic Houses of Romania site, why not, then, recommend its articles to friends, acquaintances or even strangers that might cross your way and be interested in the fascinant, but less known architectural heritage found in this corner of South East Europe, or spread the word on your social media or website of choice: Facebook, Twitter, SumbleUpon and whatever else is under the Sun :)

Yours,

Valentin Mandache

Expert in Romania’s historic houses

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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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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.

Word cloud for Historic Houses of Romania blog, 2 July ’11

Wordle: word cloud for Historic Houses of Romania blog, 2July 2011 (click image to access wordle.net page)

I obtained this word cloud consisting of the most used 100 words on this site as they are displayed today, 2 July ’11, on its front page (containing 17 out of a total of over 650 blog articles written to date) using the http://www.wordle.net facility. Some of the most prominent words are Bucharest, architectural, Art, Deco, Romania, history, photography, undiscovered, heritage, research, acquiring, specialist, houses… giving a good image, in my opinion, of the profile and target of my writings and research in the field of Romania’s historic houses and market for period properties. The website is now the largest internet resource in that area.

The 10 most popular Historic Houses of Romania articles in June 2011

  1. Art Deco Building Interior Elements
  2. Bucharest mid-1930s Art Deco Style House
  3. Bucharest’s Art Deco glass canopies
  4. Psychedelic-like Design Art Deco Doorway
  5. The DOORWAYS of Bucharest – Part 1 (the Little Paris type)
  6. The NEO-ROMANIAN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: a brief guide on its origins and features
  7. Images from last Sunday’s architectural history & photography tour in Carol Park area
  8. Travel writing: trip to Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum
  9. Imposing Neo-Romanian Style House
  10. The FINIALS of Neo-Romanian style houses

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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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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.

Images from last Sunday’s architectural photo-tour in Mantuleasa historic quarter, Bucharest

Bucharest's Mantuleasa quarter amazing potpourri of architectural styles. Images from last Sunday's architectural photography tour. (©Valentin Mandache)

Last Sunday, 12 June ’11, I organised a second architectural photography tour in Bucharest, this time in Mantuleasa historic quarter. The area is mostly residential and endowed with a very diverse and exuberant period architecture ranging from beautiful Brancovan style churches dating from the late c17th to picturesque French c19th historicist and Art Nouveau architecture to flamboyant inter-war Neo-Romanian and slender Art Deco and International Modernist style dwellings, all within the space of probably less than one square kilometre. A very small sample of the architectural photographs shot during that tour are presented in the above montage. The architectural mix of Mantuleasa, although is apparently exhilaratingly chaotic, it nevertheless follows certain unwritten trends that render its architectural and social history discernible to the visitor. I trust that under my expert guidance :), the participants at the tour have thus discovered some of the more intricate architectural puzzles of this fascinating corner of Bucharest, shot excellent architectural photographs and had a nice day out!

The next Sunday (19 June ’11, 9am-12.00) architectural photography tour will take place in Carol Park historic quarter, south central Bucharest (see a map at this link); meeting point: Tineretului tube station (outside southern exit, toward Tineretului Park). I look forward to seeing you there and go exploring this more than fascinating city corner!

The 12 June '11 architectural photography tour in Mantuleasa historic quarter, Bucharest (photo: arch Daniela Puia)

The 12 June '11 architectural photography tour in Mantuleasa historic quarter, Bucharest (photo: arch Daniela Puia)

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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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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.

The 10 most popular Historic Houses of Romania articles in May 2011

  1. VAUBAN TYPE FORTRESSES in Romania
  2. Art Nouveau pavilion in Ocna Sibiului spa town
  3. The DOORWAYS of Bucharest – Part 1 (the Little Paris type)
  4. Bucharest mid-1930s Art Deco Style House
  5. Psychedelic-like Design Art Deco Doorway
  6. Lilac leaf shaped Art Nouveau windows
  7. Art Deco “ocean liner” façade
  8. Art Deco Building Interior Elements
  9. The Romanian Revolution of 1989- Twenty Years On. A Book Review
  10. The NEO-ROMANIAN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: a brief guide on its origins and features

Global distribution of Historic Houses of Romania blog readers: May 2011

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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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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.

The 10 most popular Historic Houses of Romania articles in March 2011

  1. Bucharest Art Nouveau style building under arson attack
  2. Art Deco – Modernist street corner house
  3. Neo-Romanian roof finials shaped as steam train smoke stacks
  4. Earthquake Events in Bucharest and Their Effect on Historic Houses
  5. Architectural 1910s letter rendering example from Bucharest
  6. Art Deco Building Interior Elements
  7. Psychedelic-like Design Art Deco Doorway
  8. Neo-Romanian style doorway and gas pipe
  9. Delicate Art Deco wrought iron patterns doorway
  10. The NEO-ROMANIAN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: a brief guide on its origins and features

The global distribution of the Historic Houses of Romania blog readers on 31 March 2011

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I endeavour through this daily series of 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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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

The 10 most popular Historic Houses of Romania blog articles in February 2011

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  1. Psychedelic-like Design Art Deco Doorway
  2. Vauban type fortresses in Romania
  3. Art Deco Building Interior Elements
  4. Art Deco lettering
  5. The NEO-ROMANIAN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: a brief guide on its origins and features
  6. Art Deco octagonal tower clock
  7. Evolution of the Neo-Romanian architectural style
  8. Art Nouveau Mascaron: The Head of A Victorian Lady
  9. QUEEN MARIE of ROMANIA: “My Dream-Houses”
  10. Neo-Romanian style doorway pediments

A snapshot, taken a few days ago, from the statistics of this website with the worldwide distribution of its readers:

Historic Houses of Romania blog readers

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2010-09-30

Listen online to the radio interview given by the “Historic Houses of Romania”

Dear blog readers,

For those of you who speak or understand Romanian, the interview which I gave to Radio Romania, the Famous Signatures programme, produced by Mrs Denise Theodoru, and broadcast last Saturday 25 Sep ’10, can now be listened online on the website of the Romanian national radio; for access click here or on the image bellow.

With best regards,

Valentin Mandache, the author of the Historic Houses of Romania blog

Radio Romania Actualitati

Scroviste Royal Palace (via Diana Mandache’s Weblog)

The Scroviste Royal Palace located about 20km north of Bucharest among lakes and forests, has been one of the favourite summer and week end retreats of King Ferdinand of Romania. Before the palace was built, there was just a hunting lodge used by Ferdinand, and from that basis new buildings and amenities were added in the subsequent decades. Today the palace is still used by the presidency of Romania although it was much modified duri … Read More

via Diana Mandache’s Weblog

Article about the the “Historic Houses of Romania” blog in the publication “Romanian Diaspora”

The Romanian language online magazine “Romanian Diaspora” (“Diaspora Romaneasca”) from Italy has published a laudative article about the blog “Historic Houses of Romania” (its Romanian language version: “Case de Epoca”) and its contribution to the dissemination of information and news about the Romanian architectural heritage. I would like here to express, as the author of this blog, my thanks to the editors of “Romanian Diaspora” for the article and their nice words! It is a feeling of great professional satisfaction when my writings and research are thus found interesting and appreciated by people from among the large Romanian expatriate communities from Italy and elsewhere searching for references about their cultural identity.

Articol despre blogul Case de Epoca in publicatia Diaspora Romaneasca Ziarul online “Diaspora Romaneasca” din Italia a publicat pe data de 10 August 2010 un elogios articol despre blogul Case de Epoca, click aici pentru acces la articol. Mentionez mai jos cateva dintre frumoasele si incurajatoarele cuvinte ale redactorilor la adresa scrierilor mele pe tema patrimoniului arhitectural romanesc, pentru care le multumesc: “Oameni ca Valentin Mandache sunt o comoară pentru orice urbe care mai are o fărâmă de istorie, tr … Read More

via Case de Epoca

Early 1930s Art Deco Courtyard Gate

Art Deco gate embellishing the courtyard of an early 1930s block of flats building. Batiste area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The gate in the image above gives access to the courtyard of an ingeniously designed Art Deco style block of flats that had to make use of a limited size plot of land in central Bucharest. It thus managed to provide a small courtyard in a high density area, an Art Deco style speciality. The building surrounds the courtyard on three sides, having round corners at the bottom, an interesting design solution soothing the harsh rectangular shapes normally associated with a block of flats building. I very much like how the rounded corners of the courtyard are emulated by the curvatures of the side ornamental wings of this well proportioned and attractive Art Deco gate.

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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 heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

The Lush Vegetation & Sunburst Motifs of A Vanished Art Deco Panel

The lush vegetation and sunburst motifs Art Deco panel that embellished, until not long ago, a late 1920s apartment block in Bucharest; Opera area. (©Valentin Mandache)

The example above has been, in my opinion, one of the most picturesque and interesting Art Deco era building façade panels of Bucharest. It has vanished last year together with the rest of the quaint Art Deco style decoration of the building that hosted them for so many years after that edifice fell victim to the frenzy of ‘improvement’ works plaguing now Romania’s capital. These works are a city wide programme promoted by the mayoralty and heavily subsidised by the taxpayer aimed at ameliorating the thermal coefficient/ insulation of the local buildings. Although that seems a ‘green’ policy when taken at face value, it is in fact a major conduit through which many of Bucharest’s historic buildings are defaced or irremediably damaged with the concourse of the local authorities through programmes financed by taxpayer money. The scheme is enthusiastically embraced by the great multitude of ignorant property owners and tenants that populate this city. It is just one of the innumerable examples of badly thought policies affecting the architectural heritage of Bucharest. I wrote an article about this building and its plight last year (click for access here), a few weeks before all its Art Deco embellishings were rudely razed and thrown to the rubbish bin. In the autumn of 2009 I took another photograph of the newly ‘improved’ building, which I collated in the image bellow with a photograph of the old dwelling before the works took place. The proprietors are now probably very proud of the ‘modern’ look of their asset and convinced that the property value is much higher than when the strange  and useless, in their view, Art Deco panels were present there.

The Art Deco style apartment block before (upper half of the photograph) and after the 'improvement' works carried out by taxpayer subsidised contractors. The façade location of the decorative panel is indicated by the the 'x' mark within the blue circles. Photographs taken in 2009 (spring and early autumn). Opera area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily series of images and small 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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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.