A building that always fascinated me for its architectural configuration, deep shadows, castle-like mistery and vegetation covering it most of the year. This gem was designed by architect George Damian and built during the Second World War, one of his best works and it is located on Popa Nan Street, corner with Mecet Street (a word of turkish descent meaning a small mosque – smaller than a Geamy, place of prayer or even cemetery or even “a thing done very good” – in Oltenian slang, sturdy big building). Maybe the turkish infused neighbourhood (“Mahala”) was also a source for the inspiration of the architect, implementing a “Mauric” style, a discreet yet strikingly beautiful style present all over Bucharest. This was also the building in which Maria Tănase, world famous folk singer lived.
Here was the building that my dear friend and drawing teacher was holding training classes as assistant for arch. Costantin “Costi” Ciurea, preparing future generations of architects.
More on Popa Nan : https://bucuresti.fandom.com/wiki/Strada_Popa_Nan
Excerpt from the online read :
” (…) În anul 1719, Mitopolia Bucureştilor trimite pe tânărul Popa Nan să înfiinţeze o parohie nouă în partea de nord-est a Bucureştilor, în „Plasa Târgului din afară”, la una din cele treisprezece bariere prin care se putea intra în oraş, acolo unde livezile de duzi, de cireşi, de vişini şi de caişi adunaseră o mână de oameni muncitori, care se ocupau cu creşterea viermilor de mătase şi cu comerţul fructelor. (…) “
and a great song about Popa Nan :
Maria Tănase legacy :