When East Meets West in Architecture: Public Buildings in Craiova (south-western Romania)

Craiova is the county seat of the historical region called Oltenia, an ethnographic area located in south-western Romania (Wallachia). Given its closeness to what, up to World War I, were parts of the Ottoman Empire, Oltenia has been strongly influenced for most of its modern history by Turkish and Greek (neo-Byzantine) patterns in architecture and…

Houses of Eureka Springs (North-West Arkansas, USA)

Eureka Springs used to be a spot known for its curing springs, but today it is mostly known for its excellently preserved old houses (i.e. dating from the last decades of the nineteenth century). The local springs, which were known as early as the Civil War time (i.e. many wounded soldiers spent their convalescence here), have…

Hotels of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA: Crescent and Basin Park *

Eureka Springs, dubbed `the Little Switzerland of the USA` is a small town in the Ozark Mountains, in the North-Western part of Arkansas. Today, it is one of the best-preserved late-nineteenth-century architectural complexes; its cozy chalets, elegant lodges, public buildings, and imposing hotels still echo the glory of a turn of the century spa town.…

The Multi-Faces of Neo-Classicism​ at the end of the 19th, beginning of the 20th century (Fayetteville, North-West Arkansas)

The revival of classicism in architecture is one of the most enduring re-invention of an architectural style, spanning over two centuries, almost, the nineteenth, and the first half of the twentieth. It is then no wonder that it borrowed and crystallized influences from a wide variety of styles or subgenres typical to the mentioned period…

Madame D`Ora, Photo Exhibition at Leopold Museum (Vienna), Running from mid-July​ to the end of October 2018

Madame D`Ora is the artist name of Dora Kallmus, one of the most interesting female photographers of the first half of the twentieth century. Her activity spans over 50 years and she enjoyed artistic recognition in the most known cultural centres of the time: Vienna and Paris. She was born in 1881 in a well-off…

Ceramic Objects at the Ethnographical Museum of Câmpulung (Argeș county, Romania)

The Ethnographical Museum of Câmpulung, located on Republicii Boulevard at no. 5, is hosted by one of the oldest houses in town. The house was built in the first part of the eighteenth century, in 1735 more precisely, and it belonged to a local boyar of the time, one whose name was Ștefănescu. The building…

Early Twentieth Century Vernacular Architecture in Argeș County, Romania

Argeș is a county that lays between the south-western and the central part of the country. Technically, it borders Transylvania, traditionally being the gate through which the goods of Wallachia, the southern part of the country, would enter Transylvania by crossing the arch of the Carpathian mountains. Its advantageous position was already known to the…

Otto Wagner and Teddy Bears (a Viennese stroll)

If you happen to stay on Leopoldsgasse, in Leopoldstadt, on your way to the closest underground station, Taborstraße, you may consider making a detour to Karmeliterplatz. Here, apart from the beautiful Baroque church and the waves of pigeons landing in front of it, you will be impressed by the many stylish street lights and weather…

Art-Nouveau Features of Villas in the Southern Part of the Carpathian Mountains

  In another article, we were stating that Western European architectural styles like Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, and even neo-Classicism, seen as expressions of a Western civilisation, were countered at the turn of the twentieth century by local versions aimed at representing the regional and the national specific as expressed by religious and/or folk architecture. These…