Neo-Romanian Style Street Fence

A attractive example of wrought iron Neo-Romanian style street fence dating from mid-1920s, provided with massive, bollard like, brick and concrete fence posts. Armeneasca area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The ironwork decorative outline of the basic street fence element, shown in the lower left hand side corner of the photomontage above, is formed by textbook Neo-Romanian motifs, inspired from the Byzantine and Ottoman church/ mosque decoration register. The shape of the massive fence posts resembles Ottoman cemetery tombstones. The street fence represents a major architectural component within the assembly of a Neo-Romanian style house, often made from high quality materials by the skilled craftsmen from the inter-war period, a fact which explains the high rate of survival over the ensuing tumultuous decades of many such fine examples in a quite unscathed state.

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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.

Video-architecture: The Art Nouveau Style of Amzei Church

Romania was the scene of a very particular Art Nouveau style variety architecture in which traditional Byzantine, Ottoman and Romanian peasant vernacular – ethnographic motifs were brought together with wonderful results. Amzei Church in Bucharest is one such iconic example of Romanian Art Nouveau style. It was designed by the architect Alexandru Savulescu and inaugurated in 1901. The Neo-Romanian architectural style is also often expressed in an Art Nouveau matrix, especially in examples of buildings dating from 1900s – 1910s period and Amzei church design shows that evolution in its incipient stages.

Art Nouveau - Byzantine style votive painting by Marchetti Umberto (1901), Amzei church, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The Western entrance of Amzei church, building designed by architect Alexandru Savulescu in the Art Nouveau - Byzantine style, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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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 locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.