Daily Picture 19-Oct-09: Well Preserved Art Deco House

Mid-1930s Art Deco house, Bucharest (Valentin Mandache)

Mid-1930s Art Deco house, Central Crematorium area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

This is a good Bucharest example of a crisp mid-1930s Art Deco house design, with a remarkable central bay area. It is still in a quite good state, including the original street fence and gate, despite the adverse conditions which the city and its inhabitants had to face since the edifice was built (WWII, foreign occupation, communist regime, chaotic post-communist transition). What I found remarkable for Bucharest is the fact that the building has so far escaped one of the greatest plagues currently affecting historic buildings here: the replacement by ignorant owners of the original wooden frame widows with cheap white plastic double glazing structures.

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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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