Daily Picture 29-Nov-09: Rural Style Balcony

The balcony is adorned with interesting ethnographic wood carved motifs typical of the ancestral peasant art of southern Romania and painted in blue, a colour of traditional shamanistic significance among the Slavic and Romanian peasant communities in this part of Europe. The balcony adorns a Neo-Romanian style town house in central Bucharest. Dear Historic Houses of Romania readers,…

Daily Picture 28-Nov-09: Art Deco Rule of Three Ornaments

The rule of three that sees decorative elements repeating in groups of three throughout a building façade is commonly employed in Art Deco architecture and visual arts. It is inspired from ancient Egyptian art, in vogue during the roaring 1920s (see for example the huge cultural impact made in that period by the discovery of…

Daily Picture 27-Nov-09: Wallachian Country Mansion – Conac

Romania has vast swathes of farming land, which were developed on a large scale starting with mid c19th once the Danube and the straits Bosphorus and Dardanelles waterways were freed from Ottoman control, allowing massive grain exports from the region to the industrial centres of Victorian Europe (see my article describing a Victorian barn from southern Romania built as…

Daily Picture 26-Nov-09: Historic Houses Photo Collage

I composed the image above from 60 selected photographs taken during my fieldwork this year, mostly in Bucharest, but also Iasi (NE Romania) and Sinaia (the Transylvanian Alps). In my opinion the collage is extremely suggestive of the exuberant historic architecture found within the territory of Romania: a peculiar crossroad of Western, especially French, and Central European influences blended together on a…

Art Deco Building Interior Elements

Art Deco is first and foremost a decorative style and only subordinately an architectural one. Its crisp, reduced to essential lines and motifs are inspired from the era of efficient mechanical production line industries that emerged after the Great War. The recognisable angular, repetitive motifs and abstractions characteristic of this style were also adapted for…

The NEO-ROMANIAN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: a brief guide on its origins and features

The neo-Romanian architectural style is one of the most original and strikingly beautiful orders that emerged in Europe during the intensely creative years of late Victorian-era. The Romanians of that period wanted to create a style that would reflect the glories of their medieval past in the transforming architectural landscape of their country, just as…

Daily Picture 22-Nov-09: Traditional Bulgarian Style Veranda

The traditional Bulgarian architectural style (a term by which I mean a traditional Bulgarian architectural framework on which are also grafted Greek, Turkish, and other Balkan motifs), was popular in the whole region of the northern Balkans during the times when these lands were part of the Ottoman empire until the 2nd half of c19th….