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Located nearby the elegant Carol I Park, in one of the most distinguished areas of the capital, this restored villa has a fairy-tale-like name- the house with pomegranates- inspired by the Art Nouveau paintings embellishing the cornice. The pomegranate is a symbol of virtue and wisdom, but also a sign of the importance of the family who once lived here. The refined peacock tail-shaped awning from the entrance, which, in time, became a symbol for the 19th-century Bucharest, catches the passerby’s eye unappealably. The property, located on a 212 square-meter land, is composed of two buildings that are connected. The first construction was built between 1870 and 1880 and was at that time one of the most stylish buildings in “Little Paris.” This building was initiated by a certain Sophie Steinfeld, member of the Steinfeld family, the owner of the property. The construction was part of the former Uranus District, one of the bohemian neighborhoods in Bucharest. The building received an extension in 1910-1920.In 2004 the property was purchased by an architect, directly from the heirs of Steinfeld family, and was extensively consolidated and restored to become today’s architectural gem. The property is located in a protected area, so that the restoration works took place in strict conditions. The structural walls have been consolidated and belt binding was used for the ground floor part, as well as fiber reinforced plaster. The two buildings are connected via a greenhouse that links the upper high floor to the old building’s attic. The attic’s volume is minimally modified in such a way that the facade’s fragility isn’t affected. The interior and exterior ornamentations have been largely recovered. Reproductions of old era paintings were used where the original painting on the cornice could not be recovered. There are several charming trees in the garden- an eight-meter birch, two magnolias and a pine tree. An 80 square-meter greenery oasis in the middle of the city. Photo: Tudor Prisecaru
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