Emilia Petrescu House

2 Ioan Vodă Caragea St., sector 1, Bucharest

There where Ernest Broșteanu Street comes meets Ioan Vodă Caragea Street, sometime in the first half of the 20th century a distinct presence appeared. The position of the building, in the midst of this street dialogue, elicited the confrontation of the corner, to which it replied with a series of particular architectural elements.

Our gaze leisurely sliding to take in the ornaments animating the intersection comes across the arched niche, the ironwork gently blooming, the double window divided in two by a twisted colonette, the pediment surprisingly rising out of the roof. On the laterals giving a parallel answer to the respective streets we can see that the decorative attention focuses on openings, marking each and every level: bosses enveloping the windows on the semi-basement, simplified arched frames of the windows on the first floor, undulating lines of the rows of tiles positioned right under the opening on the first floor.

As we go farther on, we notice, at the encounter between the building and Ioan Vodă Caragea Street, the staircase where sunrays playfully access the inside as a scale-shaped network of openings.

In one of the apartments in this building lived, between 1971 and 2003, Emilia Petrescu.

Andreea Mihaela Chircă