known in the past as the 〞brick palace〞, this impressive building, on the former benisch plot, has now regained its history lost for over a century. recognized as the palace of nicolae mavrocordat, the residence was founded at the begin ning of the twentieth century, in the vision of its first owner, the engineer nicolae mavrocordat, under the careful design and enterprise of architects august ferdinand schmiedigen and george matei cantacuzino. designers of important public buildings and architectural monuments, such as the chrissoveloni bank palace in lipscani street, a project they worked on in collaboration, august ferdinand schmiedigen and george matei cantacuzino would leave behind an important series of architectural monuments that contributed to the improvement image of twentieth century romania.
with a plan designed in the style of swiss mansions, on a plot of 1,443 sqm, with a built area of 1,800 sqm and a free yard of about 1,000 sqm, the palace is an architectural landmark of private residences in the area, construction being an imposing one, distinguished by the size and appearance of the brick facades. over time, the architecture of the building has been well preserved, even though certain elements of interior architecture suffered during communism. today, after a long period of restoration and extensive modernization works, the mavrocordat palace has been reborn, by restoring all the original elements.
at this moment, the palace is in the final stage of renovation, as can be seen from the photos. from the first glance at the building, you are greeted by imposing elements and the sobriety of the swiss architectural style. with the first steps inside, the reception is greeted by the coat of arms of wallachia and moldavia, elements characteristic of the cantacuzins, after which a fireplace with a height of about 4 meters invites you to a new reception, more generous, where you can admire the back garden through -an impressive harmonic window, which covers the entire exterior wall. in the adjoining rooms we find other fine details such as the byzantine mosaic representing mavrocordatii, executed by the well-known potter of the nora steriade era, stone columns and frames of podeni, baschioi, babadag, the original fresco in the small library representing lake balchik in the insert ion of 7 different essences. of wood, ornamental wooden frames that hide radiators and windows, paneling and fireplaces carved in stone and wood, restored parquet of solid oak and walnut wood, mosaic floor in the basement, and last but not least, an imposing main staircase of solid oak wood.
more atypical at the time, the floors are made of concrete, and the walls are made of brick and concrete with a thickness of 60 cm at the lower levels and 45 cm at the upper level, respectively. a new reinforced concrete structure has been added to the palace, both through the annexation of a generous 6-person elevator that serves the entire building, and through terraces and an external staircase leading to the basement, with separate access.
the living rooms and adjoining spaces have become much more generous and well lit naturally, by resizing the spaces following the modernization process, and all rooms have both ventilation and cooling system with centralized chiller unit and underfloor heating system.
the palace offers various opportunities in terms of future destinations, given that the location is ultra-central, very close to victoriei square and the government building. in addition to having an isu operating license for the school, the palace may have other future destinations, such as a medical clinic, luxury restaurant, private club, embassy headquarters, company representation, or a mixed-purpose, residential purpose. and business at the same time.
the property is also available for rent at a price of 28,000 euros / month.
photo: gabriel ghizdavu