Two grand Neo-Romanian style pediments

Bellow are presented two interesting examples of ample Neo-Romanian style pediments chronicling two phases of evolution of this architecture. Both designs display the grape vine motif in intricate symmetrical patterns placed above a three-arched veranda. The first one, seen in the photograph just bellow the text, dates from the mid-1920s and is a close transposition of patterns and schemes found on late medieval Wallachian churches and Ottoman-Balkan tradition edifices (i.e. the expansive curvature of the roof edge, the horizontal metal bars closing the veranda arches, etc.) The second photograph presents a pediment dating from the mid-1930s, showing a more angular and boiled down design, a tell-tale sign of the appreciable influence exercised in those days by the Art Deco current on the Neo-Romanian style. The designs, although only about a decade apart, show a fast pace stylistic change, typical of those artistically effervescent years in Romania, trying to catch up with new ideas, fashions and adapt to the rapid progress of the construction techniques of that era.

1920s Neo-Romanian style pediment, Bvd Dacia area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
1930s Neo-Romanian style pediment, Polona area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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