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National Romanian (Neo-Romanian) Style Architecture (8) » Oprea Soare House (1910), architect Petre Antonescu, Bucharest

February 1, 2012

Oprea Soare House (1910), Bucharest, architect Petre Antonescu

This beautiful Neo-Romanian style villa with the characteristic “citadel-like” look is the ”Oprea Soare” house, built in 1910 on the designs of Petre Antonescu, a leading figure of the Romanian school of architecture. The house was commissioned for Oprea Soare, the prosperous descendant of a master furrier, the head of the Furriers guild in Bucharest.

Situated close to the banks of the Dambovita river, in the vicinity of Sf Apostoli Church, the house is reminiscent of the once elegant Sf Apostoli neighborhood, heavily affected by the urban transformation project carried on during the 1980s, the last decade of communist dictatorship, which resulted in extended demolitions and a loss of valuable built patrimony.

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