Deteriorating Bucharest Art Deco House

Art Deco style house, designed in the early 1930s by the architect Pandele Serbanescu (according to the name tablet affixed on the façade ), Stirbei Voda area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The house in the image above suffers an inexorable process of deterioration, very typical of Romania’s capital, due to two major factors: neglect from the authorities in charge with the architectural heritage and from the people inhabiting that building (see for example the big hole in the roof eave) and ignorance of the new class of apartment owners and property speculators that emerged during the last boom, who acquired period property and do not have much respect or understanding for historic architecture (see in this instance the white plastic frame double glazing installed on the second floor windows or the ugly air conditioning unit on the same floor façade).

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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.

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