The First Neo-Romanian Building: “Lahovary House”

In order to end the blogging year in style, I would like to share with you a short and I hope instructive video, shot recently, about the Lahovary House in Bucharest, the first ever Neo-Romanian style building, erected in 1886 after the plans of architect Ion Mincu, the initiator of this beautiful architectural style peculiar to Romania. This is one of the jewels of the Romanian historic architecture and it is just amazing how it survived the terrible upheavals and vicissitudes endured in the last century by the city and its heritage. Bellow are a few detailed photographs which I took when I shot the video.

Photographic details of the exquisite decorations adorning Lahovay House:

Veranda, with its hallmark roof eave ornaments. Lahovary House, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Ceramic medallion placed on a corner between Ottoman inspired pointed arches. Lahovary House, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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Daily Picture 31-Dec-09: Art Nouveau Greetings for 2010

This is my way of greeting you, my dear readers, for 2010! The photograph is that of a splendid and rare Romanian grass roots variety of Art Nouveau style decoration embellishing an end- c19th house in Victoriei area, Bucharest. I hope that the colour exuberance above will also imprint the coming year! (©Valentin Mandache)


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.


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 Contact page of this weblog.

End of year “Historic Houses of Romania” blog word cloud

As 2009 ends today, I performed a “wordle” on my blog. This is a word cloud obtained obtained using the Wordle ( web interface. It shows the most used to date 150 words on the Historic Houses of Romania blog. Click the image bellow for a larger picture.

I like this web facility as the cloud mirrors the essence of my writing on this blog to date (over a period of one year and a bit since I set up the site). The most prominent words which I use are: Architecture, Romania, Bucharest, Neo-Romanian, style, Europe, historic, architectural, property, Art, Deco, project, identity… all of which I am very proud! 🙂

Wordle: Wordle for Historic Houses of Romania blog: 31 Dec. '09