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Sgraffito artwork on the facade of a building in Budapest at the end of the 19th century

Introduction

"Budapest Architect" is a part of the "Szia Budapest" websites about Budapest. Because this chapter went to huge on the original website it was better to develop a new website that completely is dedicated to the architectural history of Budapest. The English edition of the website is built and written between January 1 and 10, 2012 and will be further extended.

In first instance "Budapest Architect" will in particular pay attention on the period from about 1890 to 1948 in the architectural history of Budapest. An unprecedented period in terms of the number of buildings erected during these years and a period when the, largely still extant, city view of Budapest in majority was designed by architects of Jewish/Hungarian origin. Also a period during which over 200 architects were active. (Photo right: Before it is disappeared... Sgraffito artwork on a building in Budapest from the end of the 19th century)

Many styles were used during this period: Neo-classical styles, Art Nouveau in all its forms, Art Deco, pre-modern, revival of neo styles, Bauhaus, New Objectivity and so on. And these styles are also used as a mixture, so it's difficult to classify several buildings.

"Budapest Architect" is already more extended than many publications on the Internet or in books. This because due to analysis of photographs of buildings, taken during hundreds of hours of walking in the city, it showed that there are many gaps in the architectural history of Budapest. The Jewish influence on the architecture of Budapest is too less described and from numerous architects is little or no information available. Also is from many buildings the architect still not known. "Budapest Architect" already succeeded to attribute several buildings to the name of a famous architect, such as the Löffler brothers.

Art Nouveau in Budapest
Art Nouveau in district X. of Budapest. Architect: Richard Schöntheil

On this website also a lot of attention on the ornamentation of buildings, both the outside and inside: statues, reliefs, sgraffiti and much more. In particular these ornamentations determines the value of a building, although there are also buildings from which the design already is of a high quality, such as the building designed by the Löffler brothers at the VII. Izabella utca 34.

This website also will put architects in the spotlight which in many publications barely or not are mentioned. A key example is the architect Frigyes Spiegel. Although √Ėd√∂n Lechner is invariably cited as the leading figure in the emergence of Art Nouveau in Budapest, was at the same time Frigyes Spiegel active as an architect. He used the more Viennese / Western form of Art Nouveau. In the period 1895-1900 he designed, together with F√ľl√∂p Weinr√©b, at least 35 buildings in Budapest. And the majority has more or less Art Nouveau onamentations. The later famous architect B√©la L√∂ffler worked in those days at the office of this architect. The work of Frigyes Spiegel is, for example, not described in the further excellent book "Jewish influences on contemporary architecture".

News

This section of the Homepage of "Budapest Architect" provides architectural news / events in Budapest.
* March 29 - April 1, 2012: Budapesti √Čp√≠t√©szeti Filmnapok - Budapest Architectural Fim Festival. More about his festival: here (At this moment only in Dutch)
* April 14 and 15, 2012: Budapest100 - Kind of Heritage Days during which numerous buildings can be viewed (also at the inside) built in 1912

*New Objectivity building in district III. of Budapest with a beautiful artwork on the facade
New Objectivity building in district III. of Budapest with a beautiful artwork on the facade

Updates

2013... 1 year of the English website and after a while of (forced) rest, again busy with the website!
* September 8: new page added to the chapter "Save this cultural heritage" about the 7 sgraffito artworks from cca. 1890 on the VII. Vörösmarty utca 11/b;
* August 27: major changes took place. In the recent weeks was extremely hard worked to expand and improve the website. What had been changed at a glance: - The appearance is modified and the font and size of the menu, and the bar under the logo are made uniform; - The ads have disappeared from the menu, as well as two announced sections for which at this moment is no time to publish them in a proper manner; - The menu has been expanded with the new chapters "1893-1918 buildings" and "Socialist Realism" - Two new chapters, by which the website has been grown with 32 pages; - The chapter "Save this cultural heritage!" was extended with a two pages impression about in 1908 by Bela Lajta designed fence in front of the former Institute for the Blind in district XIV.; - The chapter "Miscellaneous pages" is expanded with a page about a mosaic from 1911 at a school in district XIII. and a page about images of Mary, with or without young child Jesus, on buildings in Budapest; - For the same chapter the pages about the M√≥kus used in the ornamentation and the tiles after a design by K√°roly Kos, were revised and (significantly) extended. A smaller expansion took place for the page about the KerekvetŇĎ; - Further expansion is currently under development, but at this moment the website is extended with 36 new pages.
* January 12: updates and extension of the pages about the architects Flóris Korb and Kálmán Giergl;
* January 9: extension of the number of pages of Architects around 1900 to 65. Added are e.g. pages about the architects Emil Bauer, Henrik B√∂hm, F√ľl√∂p Weinr√©b and Artur Sebesty√©n. Beside some updates.Currently working on 5 new pages;

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* June 2: New chapter added "Save this cultural heritage", new page added about the Griesz mausoleum and several updates about "Budapest Architects around 1900";
* April 9: Updated and extended pages about Béla and Sándor Löffler, Gyula Sándy and Rchard Schöntheil in the chapter "Budapest Architects around 1900";
* March 3: Page added about an Art Nouveau villa in a suburb of Budapest, Overview page Miscellaneous pages updated and menu changed;
* February 22: Update and revision of the page about Frigyes Spiegel  in the chapter "Budapest Architects around 1900";
* February 16: Updates of the pages about Gyula Fodor, József Porgesz and Gyula Sándy in the chapter "Budapest Architects around 1900"
* January 26: Page added on the Art Nouveau mosaic triptych by A. Dudits
* January 19:  Fixing last faults, removing architecture pages from the Szia Budapest website;
* January 16:  Testing the last pages, fixed some faults;
* January 14: Updates of the pages about Arthur Mellinger, Sámuel Révész, Emil Vidor, Kornel Neuschloss, Frigyes Spiegel and the page "Budapest Architects around 1900 - Overview";
* January 13: 98% of the pages  is online and tested. Chapter "Websites"is not working and 5 pages are still not online; 
* January 12: Almost all pages are online, testing of links;
* January 11: updated pages about the Löffler brothers, Gyula Fodor and József Vágó;
* January 8: 95% of the pages are online. Index page is updated;
* January 5: 90-95% of the pages are online, espescially pages about architects around 1900 are missing. Site not yet  tested on not working links or missing pictures. Index page still must be changed in an full English version;
* January 1: First pages "Budapest Architect" are online.


The "Whale" - modern architecture in Budapest .. also a subject on Budapest Architect


The logo - an explanation

The logo of this website is a part of a large reli√ęf on the facade of the former telephone office in Pest on the VIII. Horv√°th Mih√°ly t√©r and designed by J√≥zse Damko. In every aspect a striking building. It was designed by architect Ray Resz√∂, built between 1910 and 1912 and has a total area of 17,000 m2. In particularly special is that for the construction of the building reinforced concrete was used, a technique which was not common in these years and Ray Resz√∂ was one of the few architects who have made ‚Äč‚Äčuse of. The building has a lot of ornaments, both at the frontside as on the side: statues, reli√ęfs and also on the roof are beautiful statues to find. Downright cute are the statues on the side of the building showing children who are making telephone calls. Nearly all these ornamentations were made by the sculptor J√≥zsef Damk√≥.

The logo of this website is part of one of the ornamentations on the building and shows the modern age, where from the hills of Buda be called to Pest, this to celebrate the laying of a telephone cable into the Danube. The bird and the mythological figure express the speed. Below a photograph of the complete reli√ęf, unfortunately prevents a lamppost a good photo. In addition, the relief contains numerous details that only can be observed up when looking to it from a close distance.


The full image from which the logo of the website Budapest Architect is made

About this website

"Szia Budapest" is the umbrella website that Julius founded at the end of 2009 to express his enthusiasm for the architecture, art and culture of Budapest and convey it to others. Gradually 2 parts of the website were growing that much that they better could get separate websites. The first one was "Budapest Graffiti" about the Graffiti Art of Budapest which was launched in August 2011 and "Budapest Architect" which was launched at the end of 2011. The last extension was "Boedapest Rondleiding" which was launched at January 22, 2013."Szia Budapest", "Budapest Architect" and "Boedapest Rondleiding" are both in English and Dutch. By clicking on the flag above on the right side of each page, you can swith between the English and Dutch websites. "Budapest Graffiti" is only in the English language.

Art Nouveau art high on the facade of a building designed by Gyula Fodor
Art Nouveau art high on the facade of a building designed by Gyula Fodor

"Budapest Architect" strives to become the most important reference website about the architecture of Budapest between 1890 and 1948. In addition, the modern architecture will not be forgotten, even here regularly will be payed attention to it. The website is under construction, but Rome was not built in a day, so if your are missing subjects ..... be patient and otherwise ask your question via the Mailform.


(Last modification: December 18, 2013)

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