, the designer of the house, created every one of his houses with
different stylistical marks, and with every trend of style built a masterpiece, which
is also an extravagant example of the trend "
"A particular value
is the hand forged iron gate, of which only a fraction
remained intact, since it was destroyed along with many other parts of very neglected
building, which awaits full renewal. Most difficult will be to replace the two huge
cobweb-like wooden entrances. (see the enlarged photo above)
Gerle János - Lugosi Lugo László,
Art Nouveau in Budapest (A szecesszió Budapesten),
Magyar Könyvklub, 1999
The Hungarian Art Nouveau
historian's, János Gerle’s concern was
justified in 1999. Despite the financial and professional difficulties, the renovations
were finally crowned with success, and János Gerle also participated in restoring the
building to its former splendour.
works of art
Paul Hankar - Bruxelles, Hotel Ciamberlani
Alphonse Mucha - Documents Décoratifs
M.O.Eisenstein - Riga, Alberta street, nr. 4
The designers of the first Art Nouveau buildings where Victor Horta
(Hotel Tassel, 1882-83) and the lesser-known Paul Hankar (Hankar House, 1883). Hankar
used for the first time the wood rib, large, circular forms, with radially branched
lines in the upper part of windows and doors. This type of window and door configuration
became fashionable throughout Belgium, and later in the rest of Europe.
Alfons Mucha published his collection of decorations with title
"Documents décoratifs" in 1902. It was intended to be a manual for designers, graphic
designers, and illustrators to satisfy the large crowd of advice seekers. The four-volume
book became a huge success throughout Europe, and turned to be the bible for designers
from art schools, to different craftsmen and artists.
M.O.Eisenstein was Chief Architect of Riga city... (To be continued)