Neoromanian Style Chimney Stacks

Neo-Romanian style chimney stacks adorning a mid-1920s house in Dorobanti area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

Most of the Neo-Romanian style houses and palaces were built before the gas central heating era and had to be provided with classic stove and fireplace installations designed for wood, or in rarer instances coal, burning. Therefore, the chimney stack is a very visible element within the edifice assembly and there are examples in Bucharest of spectacular chimneys designed in specific Neo-Romanian shapes. The photograph above shows three such house artefacts, which although are somehow more modest in size and decoration, nevertheless are very suggestive for the Neo-Romanian style applied for chimney design. The main architectural source of inspiration seems to be the old Ottoman kitchen chimney examples that between c17th and late c19th embellished the aristocratic houses and mansions of Bucharest and southern Romania.

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