Budapest Architect: Architects around 1930 - Overview
Topics: Introduction * Architects
Agoston * Alad√°r
√Ārkay * Bertal√°n
√Ārkay * Borbir√≥
Breuer * Zsigmond
Fogacs * Istv√°n
Ger√∂ * Herman
G√≥t * Hug√≥
Gregersen * Antal
Gy√°rf√°s * Denis
H√°mor * K√°roly Hirsch
Hoch * Gyula
Komor * Zolt√°n
Kovacs * Ferencz
Ligeti * Martonosi
M√≥ller * J√°nos
M√ľller * Alad√°r
Nagy * Ferenc
Pag√°nyi * Miksa
Rumszauer * K√°roly
Zs√°do (additions will follow)
For example, the architect Herman Ginczler ... Till now Julius has knowledge of at least 35 buildings designed by him in both New Objectivity style as partly reverting to neo-style wall decorations. Biographical data and so on, are, even in Wikipedia, not to be found. Use Google and search at the name Ginczler. Approx. 150 hits is the limit and the most of them are not about the architect Herman. And, it is one of many architects of the 30s from whom information lacks. During his walks in Budapest, which still be continued, Julius took till now at least 40 different pictures of signatures which numerous architects put on a building after designing these buildings and undoubtly, numerous will follow.
What can you expect in 2012/2013: The list of names as listed above, will be extended with new names of the architects who were active in the 30s. Gradually a page shall be added to each name. On these pages a brief description of the career, biographical information, pictures of buildings designed by the architect, personal impressions of Julius and last but not least an overview of designed buildings which still are existing. The base for these pages are the walks made by Julius in Budapest, together with research. The names of the architects about whom already a page exist, are a fraction larger than the other names.
He designed between 1929 and approx. 1935 at least 35 mostly prominent buildings in several (former) Jewish districts in Budapest. His style is usually a mix between classic and modern architecture. Beside, there is the suspicion that a number of buildings were designed by him, but misses the signature of the person who was responsible for the building of the houses.
Many of his buildings are distinguished by the use of reinforced concrete with naturestone decorations against the wall.
His friend, colleague and teacher K√°roly K√≥s described him as the main architect between the two World Wars. But that's a bit too much honour...
Pioneer of building with reinforced concrete and the use of prefabricated parts. Something that was difficult to combine with the then current methods of facade decoration. Nevertheless, some buildings especially deserving attention due to the sgraffito art on the facades made by artists like Ferenc M√°rton.
His most famous and well-known building is not a church, but the striking former Postoffice building (1923-1925) near Sz√©ll K√°lm√°n t√©r.
But, most likely, is that least some of the buildings, which officially were designed by father and son, are the creative work of another, a person who for 36 years managed the office. A very creative person who probably never was graduated as an architect and therefore officially no buildings can be found in Budapest designed by him.