Neglected

  1. Solacoglu Inn, Calea Mosilor
  2. Dacia-Marconi Cinema, 137, Calea Grivitei
  3. Pascu-Berkovitz House, Sfintilor Street
  4. Cazzavillan House, 4, Temisana Street
  5. Pompiliu Eliade House, 74, Splaiul Independentei
  6. Nanu Muscel House, 7, Romana Square
  7. Costin Nenitescu House, 8, Scoalei Street
  8. Traian Street
  9. Petrascu House, 1, Romana Square

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1.   Solacoglu Inn, Calea Mosilor

Dated 1859

Current status ruined, in danger of collapsing

Details Former inn, one of the few still standing, type of structure characteristic until mid-19th century Shops to the street and upstairs rooms, two vaulted passages, inner courtyard, glazed veranda (“geamlac”), cellars

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2.  Dacia-Marconi Cinema 137, Calea Grivitei

Dated 1926, arh. Constantin Cananau, Art Deco architectural style, classical decoration of the interior

Current status vacant for years, recently recuperated by the owners, advanced state of degradation and very fragile

Details The construction of Cinema Dacia-Marconi is related to the development of the area around the Northern Railway Station

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3.  Pascu-Berkovitz House, Sfintilor Street

Dated 1881, architect Alexandru Savulescu; modified and transformed in 1903 with Art Nouveau influences

Current status uninhabited, in the process of rapid degradation

Details Boyar house, surrounded by garden, from late 19th century, represents a typology that once defined the character of the area (Simina Stan), on a street where the other similar houses were replaced in the interwar period

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4.  Cazzavillan House, 4,Temisana Street

Dated 1901; “Venetian Gothic building in Art Nouveau matrix, left uninhabited and un-repaired after the 1977 earthquake” (Valentin Mandache)

Current status uninhabited, in the process of rapid degradation

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5.   Pompiliu Eliade House, 74, Splaiul Independentei, on the quay of Dambovita River

Dated 1907, arch. Henry de Susskind. Eclectic Romantic Neo-Gothic style, with Art Nouveau influences

Current status illegal inhabited

Details Henry de Susskind was an Austrian architect who moved to Bucharest and took the Romanian citizenship after he married to a Romanian. He was very active in Bucharest in the early 20th century, with both private and public works. A remarkable work, “Facultatea de Stiinte” (University of Science”)- is opposite Pompiliu Eliade house, across the Dambovita River

Pompiliu Eliade (1869-1914) was a literary historian, professor, deputy, member of the Academy

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6.   Nanu Muscel House, 7, Romana Square

Dated 1908-1909, Louis XV style.

Current status The building is “in the process of progressive and accelerated degradation by methods already well known, wide open front door, entry stairs devastated, no electric power or sewage, broken glass, woodwork pending destruction”

Details The house belonged to Nanu Muscel, a  renowned teacher for 30 years at the University of Medicine in Bucharest, senator, doctor at Philanthropy Hospital, and then Coltea Hospital for 36 years. He was the president of the Medical Society of Hospitals in Bucharest

“This residence is a hotel-type housing, much enjoyed by the bourgeoisie and aristocrats of the time. Stylistically, it belongs to Neo-Romantic current, with some Art Nouveau influences.” (arch. Dan Ionescu). The attic roof and dormers were made of richly decorated bronze plate. Ellipsoidal marble entrance stairs, wrought iron, shell-shaped awning. Sumptuously decorated entry, with an allegorical composition specific to sculptor EWVBecker.

Until recently, the interior maintained very well: porcelain tile stoves, stucco ceilings, one mahogany ceiling, curve oak staircase.

The National Institute of Historical Monuments has been repeatedly asked for the house to be included in the list of Historical Monuments. Requests have gone unanswered.

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7.   Costin Nenitescu House, 8, Scoalei Street

1908, arch. Dimitrie Harjeu, Neo-Romanian architectural style

Details The house belonged to Costin D. Nenitescu (1902-1970), a world reputed Romanian chemist, activating as a scientist, professor, author of high-value chemistry treaties, a member of the Romanian Academy and of other academies from Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland. He was also a captivating personality.

In 2008 the house was listed as historical monument, thus being saved from demolition.

Current status Today is guarded by the actual owner. The house that used to have Meissen stoves and silk tapestry was severely damaged and is in the worst condition.

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8.   Traian Street

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9.  Petrascu House, 1, Romana Square
Dated 1907
Current status ruined
Details Built to the design of architect Ion Mincu for the writer Nicolae Petrascu in Neo-Romanian style. The ground-floor houses a literary and musical salon, with the ceiling featuring a copy of G. D. Mirea’s painting “Varful cu Dor” executed by D. Mihailescu

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4 Responses to Neglected

  1. Sarah says:

    Makes me want to cry… such cruelty & heartless neglect – wilful demolition…

  2. Sarah says:

    They are all so beautiful. How can anyone do this to them who has any heart? The Casa Cazzavillan is absolutely stunning. What fabulous architecture and such detail… And that incredible staircase in the villa of Pta Romana 7…. Criminal, shameful and utterly odious treatment. Makes my heart literally howl.

  3. John says:

    Very beautiful buildings! They should be bought and renovated by the state, of the owners can’t do it themselves…Bucharest could be a beautiful city one day again.

  4. Klaus says:

    Wonderful architecture and important pieces of history. I hope they can renovate all the buildings and make them beautiful again. My favorite is the Dacia-Marconi Cinema. Bucharest needs more cinemas anyway, so why don’t they renovate this great building ? This is much better than any multiplex cinema anywhere…Or they could make a theatre out of it. Or a café. But, please, rescue these buildings!

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