This type of house is one of the most popular and also picturesque that has been built in Romania’s urban areas of the La Belle Époque period. It is commonly known as a “wagon house” because of its oblong shape, and doorway placed at the centre of its length, the edifice somehow resembling a railroad car. The house, because of the usual strap-like geometry of the plot of land on which is built, in most cases faces the street with its width, often sporting a charming round corner between the garden and street façades, as can be seen in the quaint example presented in this article, from Buzau in south east Romania. I call this type of provincial architecture the Little Paris style, the local interpretation of the c19th French fashions in domestic architecture.
The round corner has a floral decorative panel, containing representations of scattered roses, inspired from Art Nouveau designs, amplifying the impression of peace, bucolic and prosperity of the Fin de Siècle period in this town. In other instances the round corner is empty or decorated with neo-rococo style panoplies containing the monogram of the proprietor and/ or the year of the construction of the house.
I like the wagon houses, being one of my favourite type of period edifices, due to their intense quaintness, human scale and use of environmentally friendly construction materials, similar with those used in the centuries before the industrial revolution. This variety of period property is also among the cheapest to acquire and restore now in Romania.