In the nineteenth century, among the orchards and slum, the urban texture of Bucharest consisted of an amalgam of small houses and sumptuous buildings, arranged in a row along the rudimentary paved streets, covered with dense layers of dust or mud.
This is also the case of the beautiful Bohemian residence located on Sfinților Street, the current Noblesse Palace, one of the most important centers of culture, art and design, a concept unique in Europe. No other building would be more suitable to host this place dedicated to the fine arts and design, especially since the one who designed it is the famous Romanian architect Alexandru Savulescu.
But let’s tell you the story of this building that was rescued from degradation and reborn, like a phoenix bird.
When it all started
In the architectural disorder of the nineteenth century, in 1881, as shown in the Bucharest Municipal Archives, it is requested to issue the building permit for a house at that time at number 75, on Sfinților Street, and the one who drew all the house plans. is the famous Romanian architect Alexandru Savulescu, that designed the National Museum of History of Romania also.
The historic monument building, large in size, amazes through columns, decorative elements and style. Of an undeniable beauty, it is the only one of this kind that has been preserved in the area, being a mark of the ancient times, which marks it as a historical monument, class B. A detailed, architectural analysis of the original plans of this house brought out in. It is noteworthy that the architect was influenced by the Boeresti houses, but there are also a number of classical elements. This is why the building is in an eclectic style, like all the works of the great architect. It is a house with high ground floor, with well-defined rooms, with high ceilings and large windows, with a slightly austere architecture, a little rigid, but beautiful precisely because of these elements.
The year 1903 brings a series of changes to the elegant residence of Sfinților Street. Many of the architectural elements are replaced, these changes being made by the contractor L. Scmidt for the new owner of the building, Leonid Berkowitz. The new owner is a well-known figure of Bucharest from the beginning of the 20th century, being the owner of the bank, in the Lipscani area. The 1900s are characterized, in architecture, by a style that emphasizes curved forms, sinuous lines and motifs of vegetal inspiration, observing an influence of art nouveau, being visible the opening to the French culture of those times. L
The house belongs to the Romanian Communist Party from 1950 to 1988 was the Houses the Children’s Circle of sector 2. The house was kept in a good condition; the structure was not destroyed by the passage of time.
But how did this property come into the possession of the Noblesse Group?
“After many hesitations and many other searches I received what I wanted: a historic building, with all the advantages. A beauty hidden from the others with crumbling walls, cracks in the walls, mold and infiltration, doors and windows destroyed by those who had devastated it with wickedness, walls that were falling and demanding the help of someone with the last breath. This was the image of this house when I first saw it, a house Sfinților Street no. 7, a short distance from the center of Bucharest, a European capital, which once boasted of such architectural masterpieces,” says Loredana Preda, CEO Noblesse Group, the one who bought the building.
The procurement process would have to be long and full of happenings, overturning of situations and stops because the acquisition of a historical monument house is not a simple thing, from approvals from the Ministry of Culture, from the City Hall to litigation and relocation issues. Once the house was purchased, restoration and consolidation began. In one year, record time to rebuild such historic houses, the building is brought back to life and its former charm is restored. The stuccoes, the carpentry were restored. It was a hard work, each of the members of the Noblesse Group architects and team, being actively involved in the renovation process, but the result is one to measure, being recreated the original history atmosphere of the house with a plus of charm conferred by modernity.