“Round” Neo-Romanian windows

The round and pseudo-round windows are a rare apparition within the decorative register of the Neo-Romanian architecture. They are rather an Art Nouveau style characteristic, as in the cases that I found throughout Bucharest, mentioned at this link. For the Neo-Romanian design, the round window is certainly an Art Nouveau echo from its seminal early stage of development in the last decade of the c19th until the mid-1900s. The two pseudo-round windows presented in the photographs bellow are such echoes vigorously reverberating in the early 1930s. I like the interesting juxtaposition of two church inspired motifs: that of the triptych/ holy trinity seen in the tree main window sectors together with that of the rope, obvious in the first image and implied in the second.

"Round" Neo-Romanian window, early 1930s house, Patriarchy Hill area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

"Round" Neo-Romanian window, early 1930s house, Gradina Icoanei area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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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.

Vestiges of a round Art Nouveau doorway window

Art Nouveau style round doorway window vestiges, 1900s house, Louis Berthelot area, Bucharest (©Valenitn Mandache)

This is a bit of urban archaeology: I found hidden behind dense bush and tree branches the vestiges of a quite rare for Bucharest Art Nouveau style round doorway window that has seen better days many decades ago, during the period of La Belle Époque. It adorns a house built in the early 1900, now heavily altered and left neglected by its occupants. The property was confiscated by the communist regime from its rightful owners probably in the early 1950s and is inhabited ever since by poorly educated state tenants.

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I endeavour 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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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.

Vestiges of a round Art Nouveau doorway window

Art Nouveau style round doorway window vestiges, 1900s house, Louis Berthelot area, Bucharest (©Valenitn Mandache)

This is a bit of urban archaeology: I found hidden behind dense bush and tree branches the vestiges of a quite rare for Bucharest Art Nouveau style round doorway window that has seen better days many decades ago, during the period of La Belle Époque. It adorns a house built in the early 1900, now heavily altered and left neglected by its occupants. The property was confiscated by the communist regime from its rightful owners probably in the early 1950s and is inhabited ever since by poorly educated state tenants.

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I endeavour 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.

***********************************************

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.