Photo album: November 2011
Calender 2012 with pictures of the Art Nouveau (Jugendstil, Secession) in Timişoara / Temeswar
Traian's Square was initially (mid-XVIII-th century) the center of Fabric's "Raizenstadt", the neighborhood of the orthodox people (Serbians and Romanians). Quite soon, it made it to become the "Hauptplatz", main square of the whole Fabric district. Nevertheless, the buildings surrounding it remained long time to the statute of modest houses, crowded and having only ground floor. A true construction fever was to be registered only after mid-1800īs; finally, at the beginning of the XX-th century some Secession buildings also appeared, by replacing (i.e. demolishing) previous constructions. Among these, special place is taken by the "palace" built by the Fund for the City Asylum, in order to secure its further revenues by renting the flats in it. As the city hall experienced financial problems during WWI, the tenement house was sold to Totis Rudolf (Rezsö), manager of "Wool Industry", Timişoara's largest industrial entity; the new owner renamed it "Stefanie Palais", after his wife. The building is bordered on three sides by streets, its facades being decorated mostly in Secessionist style. The representations of gorillas and bears on the second floor (on the side towards Bvd. of August 3rd, 1919) are unmistakable, hence the name "House with Monkeys" given by the vulgus. The windows on the first floor are toped by feminine masks, surrounded by stylized golden wreaths. The architect behind this large-scaled building is Székely László, who was Timisoara's official chief-architect at the time. The complicated volumes of the roof are typical of this architect, just as the grouping of two or three windows, inspired by the medieval Romanesque architecture. Less typical of Székely are the full-sized representations of animals or people, but exactly such details make out the charm of this building in the eye of the common people. The north-western corner (towards Romanilor Sq.) copies the silhouette of a Middle Age tower, watched over by a moustached halberdier having the city's coat of arms on his shield. These historicist elements are probably here on purpose, since the house stands close to the "millennium church" (with its neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic features), as a solid proof of Székely's versatile creative spirit.
In the autumn of 2011 we realised a calendar aimed at presenting the astonishing heritage of Timisoara to the world. Our pictures show special buildings and monuments from special angles – we want to open new perspectives to the history of Timisoara. On the page of each month we have a large picture of a detail of the Art Nouveau architecture of Timisoara; this architecture is also known as Jugendstil or Secession (the last name is very popular in our town) or, plainly, "style 1900", and makes up an important part of our city tours of Timisoara. On the back side of each month's page there's more information about the depicted monument – now you can read that info here in this photo album.
The calender were aimed to be gifts to our friends, customers and guests. In the meantime we have already started working for the calendar 2013!
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