Today’s photos show the decaying statues adorning the facade of the former Bank of Romanian Credit. I guess I don’t have to say that the statues are in great need for a face-lift.
The top of the Adriatica Trieste building, by architect Petre Antonescu.
Some things do change in the Old Town 🙂 even if the pace is much slower than we would like. The photo above was taken last summer, the one below last week.
Today’s photo shows the first floor balcony of Dacia Palace, built in 1874. Too bad nothing’s being done to restore this beautiful building.
No matter how many times I look at the Athenaeum building, I still discover something new every time I pass by.
I wonder if the people living behind those windows sleep better knowing to be guarded by such lovely stone figures.
First of all sorry for the late posting. I’m on the road again and when one’s traveling things don’t always work out as expected. But all’s well that ends well and since I have a place to sleep for the night and an Internet connection I’m all good and ready to post 🙂
Very close to the flying cow villa from yesterday’s photo lies another interesting building, also located on Calea Dorobanţi. This one is decorated with ornamental panels showing the zodiac signs, which I think make a rather non interesting building look nice. The apartment complex was built in 1946 by architects Radu Dudescu and Mircea Marinescu and the ornamental panels were executed by Constantin Baraschi.
As you can see above, the house in today’s photo has quite an unusual roof. It was the house of Alexandru Dimitriu (1871-1955) a skillful metalworker who between 1900 and 1940 built and designed a number of metallic roofs and cupolas in Bucharest. His works can still be admired today at the Romanian Athenaeum, the Northern Train Station, the Palace of Patriarchy, the District 1 City Hall (which also has an armored knight atop its tower), the nowadays National Library, the Silvestru Church, to name a few. The armored knight that he placed on the roof of his own house holds a hammer in one hand, a mark of the owner’s trade. I think it looks quite unusual.