Threatened with destruction

  1. 18, Haralambie Botescu Market
  2. Matache Market Hall, Berzei Street.
  3. 2, Povernei Street.
  4. 1-3, Povernei Street.
  5. Spiru Haret House, 7, Gheorghe Manu Street.
  6. The Former Jewish Asylum for Elders “Queen Elizabeth” (Elisabetheu), 60-62, Romulus Street.
  7. 20, Ion Bogdan Street.
  8. Batistei Clinic, Batistei Street
  9. Mihai Oromolu House, 8, Aviatorilor Boulevard.
  10. Miclescu House, 35-37, Kiseleff Boulevard (foto April 5, 2011).
  11. 96, Pache Protopopescu Street.
  12. 72, Dionisie Lupu Street
  13. 33, Parfumului Street


1.   18, Haralambie Botescu Market, arh. Ion N. Socolescu (?!)

Late 19th century, eclectic architectural style, combining a classical concept of the composition of the façade with an Early Neo-Romanian decoration featuring Ottoman-Oriental influences.

Inn type house with passages (Durchgang), a typology typical to the commercial character of the area. Subject to upcoming demolition.


2.   Matache Market Hall, Berzei Street.

Dated 1887, extended in 1936 with the bodies of the main façade, including the central one with mezorelief. The renovation complied with the metal structure and the volumetry of the initial project. Matache Hall is an industrial monument, with metal structure, resembling the similar type halls of the time in Paris. It is also the oldest of the two surviving Halls on iron structures in Bucharest, after Amzei Hall, Fish Hall, Unirii Hall and Obor Hall, have all disappeared.

Matache Hall and its surroundings make a unique area of special character in Bucharest.


3.   2, Povernei Street. DEMOLISHED ON MAY 9, 2011

Built some time before 1889, architect Louis Blank. Louis Blank is the designer of monumental public buildings in Bucharest, representative of urban architecture from the late 19th century and early 20th century as the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Palace, 1895, and Faculty of Medicine Palace, 1895 – 1902.

“The building is of particular importance in view of the history of Bucharest’s architecture, being one of the few preserved houses belonging to the period of transition from the academic style, characteristic of the second half of the 19th century, to the national style specific to the following period, known as the Neo-Romanian.” (Silvia Colfescu)


4.    1-3, Povernei Street. DEMOLISHED ON MAY 12, 2011

1891, architect Wilhelm Bast, eclectic style with Art Nouveau influences.

The house belonged to Teodor Rosetti Solesti, the brother of Elena, Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ wife. Listed as historical monument.


5.    Spiru Haret House, 7, Gheorghe Manu Street.

Spiru Haret statue in central Bucharest

Dated 1885, Neoclassical style, with Neo-Baroque style decorative elements. Remarkable by the elegant volumetry, harmonious proportions and clarity of the composition. The house is classified as Historical Monument.

The house belonged to Spiru Haret, great Romanian mathematician, educator, reformer of the Romanian education system. In 1940 it was donated by his widow to the State, on condition that a Memorial Museum “Spiru Haret” to be established on place.

Around 1998-99, the house was illegally removed from the state property and sold to foreign companies. Currently, the house is abandoned and in danger of destruction. The new owner has a project, approved, to build a seven-story block with curtain wall, retaining only the exterior wall of the present building.


6.    The Former Jewish Asylum for Elders “Queen Elizabeth” (“Elisabetheu”). 9, Ion Filibiliu Street/60-62, Romulus Street.

The ensemble includes: a former synagogue, the administrative body, annexes. S = approx 2000 sq m. The building is unoccupied. Serious devastation in progress.

This ensemble with synagogue is one of the few reminiscent tangible evidences of the once powerful Jewish community of Bucharest, after the former Jewish Quarter was levelled to the ground, and more than 60 synagogues were demolished during the so called urban systematization in the 1980s, along with others that were destroyed either before or after.


7.    20, Ion Bogdan Street.

Period: late 19th century

Eclectic style, a typical mix of Balkan-Ottoman (the floral frieze, the wood brackets),  and French eclectic decorative elements (window pediments, pilasters) of a small townsman house.

For the moment saved from demolition, but there is a plan of a five-storey building on its place.


8.    Batistei Clinic.


9.    Mihai Oromolu House, 8, Aviatorilor Boulevard.

Dated 1926-1927, eclectic architectural style, exuberant Neo-Baroque decoration, architect Petre Antonescu (?!), one of the most important representatives of the Romanian School of Architecture in the first half of the 20th century. Elegant interior, centered around an octagonal hall. The house is listed as historical monument.

Mihai Oromolu was a prestigious figure of the interwar period, governor of the National Bank between 1922-1926. Together with the historian and politician Nicolae Iorga signed in 1940 the memo requesting defense of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina against Soviet aggression.

Despite the owner has the legal obligation to ensure security and building maintenance, the house was inhabited by homeless and in February 2009 was set on fire. There is an intention to build a tower over 100 meters in place of the house, which is in a protected area. Currently in a state of advanced depreciation.


10.    Miclescu House, 35-37, Kiseleff Boulevard (foto April 5, 2011).

Period: first half of the 20th century, Neo-Romanian architectural style, listed as historical monument. Architect Ion Mincu.

The house belonged to the cavalry colonel and staff officer Radu Miclescu, descendant of one of the oldest noble families of the country, whose genealogy was official documented until the 15th century.

The house was confiscated by the communist regime in 1948, and colonel Miclescu lived until his death in a former bathroom of his own house. After the collapse of the communist regime, the house was returned to the descendants who eventually sold it. The house has been since then (1994) left to destruction. The Ministry of Culture asked the City Hall repeatedly to begin the expropriation procedure for the public interest, but unsuccessfully.

Status: The roof is broken, and the Ballroom ceiling, painted by the artist George Demetrescu Mirea (1852-1934, professor and director at the School of Fine Arts, Bucharest, he made the mural decorations for the National Bank Palace and Vernescu House in Bucharest), collapsed.

Article in Romanian language:


11.   96, Pache Protopopescu

A splendid Neo-Romanian architectural style house.


12.   72, Dionisie Lupu


13. 33, Parfumului Street

Dated late 19th century
Current status ruined
Details architect Nicolae Cretoiu; “B class” historical monument, considered representative for the local traditional urban tissue

Imobil Parfumului 33, Bucuresti


5 Responses to Threatened with destruction

  1. Sarah says:

    This is such a lovely building… The whole demolition process is so criminal….

  2. Dan Ghelase says:

    Casa de pe Haralambie Botescu, in stil oriental – dupa Cezara Mucenic – se pare ca-i facuta de arh.Ion N.Socolescu…

  3. Sarah says:

    This is marvellous Cristina. Congratulations. What a lot of hardwork and really, one of the heart.

    I read that the Batistei Clinic had already been partially demolished… see here:

  4. gogushor says:

    Halele Matache au fost demolate si ele!.. no comment

  5. L.Garcez says:

    I guess those irresponsible demolitions happen everywhere, unfortunately.

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