When looking to a construction built in any of the turn of the century architectural styles, ranging from Art Nouveau to Gothic revival, people usually admire the facade and its ornaments made of pillars, bas-reliefs, or other human and floral representations. The roof parts have their own share of admiration too, but it is also fair to mention that they gained increased popularity due to the colourful and original designs and materials proposed by the artists representatives of Art Nouveau, as part of their principles of syncretism in art or related to their attraction for applied arts. Consequently, many books and studies have been dedicated to these aspects and, further, tried to exhaust the representative modern architectural styles of areas located outside of what was generally considered as centres of artistic production like Vienna or Berlin.
All things considered, until recently, elements of the facades like the rain pipes, the flag pole holders, or the weather vanes where rather relegated to the functional domain of a house (albeit, again, it is worth mentioning that it was due to Art Nouveau artists that these features got artistic attention towards being made objects of art) or, in any case, as features not primordial to the idea of valuable architecture or innovative design. Nevertheless, today, due to the renovation of once representative buildings of the provincial imperial administration (e.g. Austria-Hungary), or due to the simple fact that some other old buildings became isolated islands among the modernist-Socialist constructions, these mentioned features stand out on the facades.
In this material we present some examples of rain pipes, flag pole holders, and weather vanes that can be found on representative buildings but also less known ones located in cities of northern Transylvania like Satu-Mare/Szatmárnémeti, Carei/Nagykároly, Oradea/Nagyvárad, Baia-Mare/Nagybánya; by representative buildings we understand banks and insurance societies` headquarters, palaces-residences of the local elite, churches, etc. The most known buildings are the quintessential Black Eagle (Vulturul Negru), the ex-branch of The Bee (Albina) bank in Carei, and the castle of the Károlyi aristocrats in Carei.







2 thoughts on “Always Look Up: Rain Pipes, Flag Pole Holders, and Weather Vanes on Some Buildings in Northern Transylvania

  1. Wonderful pictures. Sometimes I’ll see these types of things and admire the overall beauty of the building and miss some of these very fine details. Nice of you to point them out.

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