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Round-like profile Art Nouveau doorway

Art Nouveau style doorway, Casa Dinu Lipatti (cca 1900s), Catargiu Blvd, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Presented above is the well proportioned round-like profile Art Nouveau style doorway, crowned by an ample and expressive mascaron in the same style, adorning the Dinu Lipatti house in Bucharest. The building is a mixture of styles, including neo-rococo and even some Neo-Romanian elements, in which the Art Nouveau features predominate. The edifice is an early creation of architect Petre Antonescu, one of the most seminal Romanian architects, known especially for his grand Neo-Romanian style edifices. This particular building shows Antonescu’s versatility in many design genres at an early stage in his career.

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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 Contactpage of this weblog.

Art Nouveau round doorway

Art Nouveau style round frame doorway, 1900s house in Victoria area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

This is a quaint example of Bucharest Art Nouveau style round doorway embellishing a house now heavily altered through a series of renovations undertaken during the last century since the edifice was built. The doorway itself keeps only a fraction from the original ornaments and motifs, such as the Romanian ethnographic woodcarvings of the door poles and the awning inspired from that of the doorways peculiar to the Neo-Romanian architectural style, a national-romantic order initially developed, like other European national styles, as an offshoot of the Art Nouveau current. The glass panes and the gridirons protecting them are 1930s 0r ’40s replacements of the original artefacts. Despite all of these serious interventions, the doorway is still conveying the Art Nouveau ethos of innovative and surprising shapes and design.

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I endeavor through this 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.