Neo-Romanian Style Boathouse

Neo-Romanian style boathouse, within the grounds of the Scroviste Royal Palace, north of Bucharest. 1920s photograph. (source: Romanian National Archives)

This is the only Neo-Romanian style boat house of which I am aware. The photograph dates from the mid 1920s, showing it during construction, in the finishing stages. The main Neo-Romanian diagnostic elements are the roof finials and the wooden poles and arches similar to those embellishing peasant house verandas in the villages of southern Romania. The structure was built on the shore of the lake Snagov, north of Bucharest, within the grounds of the Scroviste Royal Palace gardens, for sheltering small private boats belonging to members of the Romanian Royal Family. The gardens were designed by the landscape architect Friedrich Rebhun (famous in late c19th and early c20th Romania for designing the Cismigiu public gardens in Bucharest or the Pelesh Royal Castle park in Sinaia and many other commissions). I very much like the reflection of the boathouse in the placid surface of lake Snagov, thus greatly enhancing its gracious lines. I believe that the construction has vanished many decades ago, probably during the years after the communist regime took over the palace and radically “modernised” it according to the uncouth tastes of the then presidential couple, Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu. The palace is still in use nowadays by the Romanian presidency and the Ceausescu era design alterations are still very much appreciated by the actual nouveau riche political elite of Romania.

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