Daily Picture 15-Oct-09: Art Deco – Modernist House

Mid 1930s Art Deco - Modernist style house, Cotroceni area, Bucharest (Valentin Mandache)

A well proportioned mid-1930s Art Deco - Modernist style house in Cotroceni area, Bucharest. Although the building seems well preserved, the actual owner has defaced it with cheap white plastic frame double glazing windows. In the vision of most Romanian historic house owners that is a great improvement that supposedly increases the value of the property. It is just one of the many facts caused by the low level of cultural awareness and weak civic identity among the Romanian public, which contributes to the continuous degradation of the country's architectural heritage. (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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