Already Gone

  1. 244, Traian Street.
  2. 4, Arghezi Street.
  3. Constantin Solacoglu House, 8, Visarion Street.
  4. Marna Hotel, 3, Buzesti Street.
  5. Constantin Radulescu House/ Feroviar Cinema, 1, Buzesti Street.
  6. Dobre Nicolau House, 34, Berzei Street.
  7. 62, Berzei Street.
  8. 60, Berzei Street.
  9. Casa Prager, 92, Aviatorilor Street.
  10. Coltea Clinic, Slanic Street.
  11. 38, Maria Rosetti Street.
  12. Simona Lahovary House, 13, Dumbrava Rosie Street.
  13. 3, Gutenberg Street.
  14. 39, Kiseleff Road.
  15. 8-10, Clemenceau Street.

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1.   244, Traian Street.

Dated: 1889, merchant house.

“The building is a graceful example of the eclectic style and it is unique in Bucharest by its plastic expression, but reflects at the same time the quality of the architectural thinking”, “It is a representative of a family home in the upper echelons of merchants. The building, which has very well withstood earthquakes, is now uninhabited and is in a state of abandonment ” (From a memo addressed to Historical Monuments’ Commission, signed by historians Dinu C Giurescu and Luminita Batali on behalf of Ileana Foundation for Plastic Arts and Modern Architecture in Romania).

Demolished Feb.2008

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2.   4, Arghezi Street.

Period: 1850-1860. The neo-classical style house was representative to the early spread of neo-classicism in Romanian Principalities. The house featured a Ionic portico, which had replaced an earlier porch, the portico model being extremely rare in Bucharest. Also it was one of a very few houses in Bucharest from the mid 19th century (architect Dan Ionescu). Yet, it had not been listed as historical monument.

Demolished September 2010.

On place it will be built a 11 story office building, the height similar to adjacent buildings.

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3.   Constantin Solacoglu House, 8, Visarion Street.


Dated 1908, architect I.D.Berindey-fiul (?!). Louis XV style. Urban residence of medium proportions, typical of Bucharest in the 1900s, designed in the manner of the architect I.D.Berindey-fiul (Dinu C. Giurescu).

The house was in good condition until 2001, when it was abandoned and left to ruin. In 2007 it was already deteriorated. While an urgent classification procedure was ongoing, the house was purposely burnt and damaged.

The house belonged to the protected area “Lascar Catargiu Boulevard”.

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4.    Marna Hotel, 3, Buzesti Street.

Interwar period, Art Deco architectural style.

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5.   Constantin Radulescu House/ Feroviar Cinema, 1, Buzesti Street.

1885, French Neo-Classical architectural style.

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6.   Dobre Nicolau House, 34, Berzei Street.

1892, arh. Toma Dobrescu, eclectic Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque architectural style.

The building was a representative of the late nineteenth century complex residence, which included all the components of a particular lifestyle and social and financial status: a representation area (office), household and annexes. “The building was designed in the eclectic style, a clever resolved combination between a Neo-Baroque type silhouette and volumetry, and a Neo-Renaissance architecture, providing exquisite details on what requires the combination between the two styles” (architect Hanna Derer). By the intelligent proportions of the volume and the composition of the facades, the building had the rare quality of being “a palace that was not exceeding the scale of the place were it was located” (architect Hanna Derer).

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7.   Grigoriu House, 62, Berzei Street (photo Dec.12, 2010).

Lt. Colonel Ioan Gh.Grigoriu House, 1927, Regional (Neo-Romanian) architectural style.

Demolished January 2011.

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8.   60, Berzei Street (photo Dec.12, 2010).

Interwar period, modernist architectural style.

Demolished January 2011.

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9.   Prager House, 92, Aviatorilor Street.

Dated 1936, architect Henriette Delavrancea Gibory.

Henriette Delavrancea-Gibory is among the architects of greatest value from the interwar period. Style similar to that of the villas built by architect in Balcic, Bulgaria.

The demolition permit was signed by the former director of the Department for Culture, Religion and Heritage Bucharest, Eugene Plesca. The house was destroyed, despite the fact that it had been urgently ranked as historical monument. Paradoxically, at the moment the demolition permit was signed, the images of the house were presented -alongside the whole architectural works of Henriette Delavrancea Gibory-  in a retrospective exhibition at National Art Museum!

Demolished 2009. On place it will be built a 4-story apartment building.

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10.   Coltea Clinic, Slanic Street.

Period approx. 1860.

Historical value: Coltea Clinic was the first clinic in the Romanian Principalities, founded by Carol Davila, the organizer of the medical system in the Principalities. Coltea Clinic sheltered and treated nearly all young men injured in December 1989, as well as the wounded of the Independence War (Plevna) in 1877, of the battle for Cadrilater in 1913, of the Great War for Reunification (1916-1918), of Don Bend and Tatra Mountains battles in 1940-1944.

The UAR, Romanian Architects Union, specified that Coltea Clinic belonged to the historical center protected area, fit the architectural style of the area and despite its age, maintained itself very well. The building was also located within the protected area of the hospital Coltea. On this base, the UAR requested the annulment of the demolition permit and the restoration of the monument. ARTRAD civic association and Romanian Civic Group submitted in Nov. 2006 an application for Coltea Clinic to be classified as historical heritage.

Demolished in 2009. On place today there is a parking.

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11.   38, Maria Rosetti Street.

Dated late 19th century. Bourgeois house, French eclectic style, typical to the late 19th century-beginning of the 20th century. The traditional house elegantly emphasized the corner between Maria Rosetti and Armeneasca streets.

Demolished in 2009. How happened: The Department for Culture Bucharest did not respond within 30 days to the owner, and he demolished the house, considering the lack of response as a consent.

On place it will raise an eight-storey building.

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12.   Simona Lahovary House, 13, Dumbrava Rosie Street.

Dated 1911, arch. Vignali and Gambara, eclectic style. The house belonged to Simona Lahovary, daughter of  the politician Alexandru Lahovary, founding member of the Conservative Party and several times minister.

The house was part of the protected area “Ioanid Park”, a “typical and unique traditional residential tissue, with a built area of high architectural value. Maximum protection degree”.

Demolished may 2010. How happened: the house was left to deteriorate. Not being listed as historical monument, the owner obtained the demolition permit.

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13.   3, Gutenberg Street.

Dated around 1880, ex-residence of general Gheorghe Zizi Cantacuzino “Granicerul”, a personality of the interwar political society. The house was characteristic for the relatively wealthy middle class of the time.

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14.   39, Kiseleff Road.

Period: 1894

Demolished: september 2010. How happened: The house was located within the protected area of a Class A historical monument, i.e. Nicolae Titulescu’s House (less than 100 meters). Thus, the demolition notice should had been given by the Ministry of Culture only, and not by the Bucharest’s Department of Culture. In this situation, the civic association “Save The Bucharest” submitted an appeal to the Minister of Culture in order for it to suspend the demolition notice. While they awaited the outcome of the pending appeal, the demolition permit was issued by the Bucharest City Hall.

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15.   8-10, Clemenceau Street.

Although this house was located in a protected area close to the Romanian Athenaeum, and were no reasons to justify its demolition, the property has gone on the base of a legal demolition permit.

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10 Responses to Already Gone

  1. Sarah says:

    This is great, Cristina!

  2. Giurgiu says:

    good job! mergeti innainte, iar daca aveti nevoie de ajutoare pe teren 😉 I’m in!

  3. agronomist Teodor Iliescu says:

    More than 40,000 buildings were destroyed during the communist period in Bucharest, which they called Little Paris … What price ? 😦

  4. Paul says:

    It is so sad to see these once beautiful buildings fall into the state of “unreversible” decay that leads to their destruction. Bucharest has the potential to be one of most attractive cities in the world, it is a potential that is rapidly slipping away.

  5. Doina says:

    Spune daca ai nevoie de oameni de teren! I am in, too!

  6. Luminita says:

    It’s a sad story, and it’s good you managed to put it in an international context, so that everyone can see how European Heritage it’s continuosly being destroyed in Romania.
    It’s important to make projects – such as theatrical shows on the streets, having as a theme exactly these distructions – in order to reach the great, less educated public, BECAUSE POLITICIANS are receptive only to big numbers, to votes.

  7. Chris says:

    O nouă demolare „marca Ministerul Culturii”: Casa memorială „Spiru Haret”
    (strada General Gheorghe Manu nr. 7)
    http://www.sfin.ro/articol_17398/o_noua_demolare_%E2%80%9Emarca_ministerul_culturii%E2%80%9D_casa_memoriala_%E2%80%9Espiru_haret%E2%80%9D.html

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  9. Alex says:

    While 6 and 7 were some of my favorites, from google maps it looks like they were demolished because the street was widened by like ten feet on that side, not just because of neglect or indifference. I feel a little better knowing they were at least demolished for a decent reason.

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