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Budapest Architects around 1900: Ákos Márton (1869-?)

Topics: Introduction * Career * Interesting facts * Impressions of Julius * Buildings designed in Budapest


The first acquaintance with the work of Ákos Márton was the building of the VI. Eötvös utca 38. A beautiful Art Nouveau building although huge changes on the facade took place. Fortunately, a great part of the original ornamentation on the facade is still present. Ákos Márton is also one of the many Hungarian architects about whom almost nothing is known concerning biographical information.

VI. Eötvös utca 35 in Budapest. Architect: Ákos Márton
VI. Eötvös utca 35 (1905)


Ákos Márton (Márton Ákos), must been, given his age, graduated around 1892/1893. Perhaps the first building he designed is that on the Városligeti farsor. Because, according to an official document of the district Terézváros, at that time he would have designed a building: VI. Bajza utca 28 / Benczúr utca 15, and this document provides the information that the property should be built around 1890. It will then probably one of his first designs and it's a neo-classical style building.

About Ákos Márton currently is not more biographical information available than is to find in the databases of Jewishgen. And that's already more then ever published because, as far as known, till now lacked e.g. the date of his birth.

The style he used can not be classified under a common denominator. He started as an architect who designed neo-classical buildings. That kind of designs he used during his whole career, but he also designed a number of buildings in a Viennese / Western Art Nouveau style. Later in his career he used again the neo-styles in  his designs.

Also outside Budapest Ákos Márton designed buildings. In any case was he between 1902 and 1904 one of the architects who was responsible for the design of the Igazságügy-palota (nowadays Somogy Megyei Bíróság) in Kaposvár. He designed the building in collaboration with the architects Emil Károly and Mark Riemer. This building is a mix of neo-styles and Art Nouveau. On the same basis the architects designed a building in Budapest (they won the first prize for this design) but, so far as known, it seems that this design was never built.
(Source: http://www.mvkkvar.hu/kiallitas/szecesszio/04jegyek/igazsagugyipalota.php)

VI. Bajza utca 68 in Budapest. Architect: Ákos Márton (together with Beno Réti)
VI. Bajza utca 68 (1908)

Interesting facts

* Born as Ármin Marton on December 9, 1869 in Pest and later he used the given name Ákos;
* Father: Lipót (in one case also called Antal), born in Szent Antalfa. Mother: Rozalia Stiglitz or Stieglitz, born in Boglar or Szölös, both names be written in the databases;
* In the databases also the name "Morton" be used;
* During this marriage at least the following children were born: Lajos (August 4, 1868, he died on August 23, 1868, Jewish name Ptachya), Ármin / Ákos (December 9, 1869, Jewish name: Aharon Leib), Gyula (cca. 1874, he died at the age of four on July 14, 1878), Malvina (September 15, 1876), Jenő (December 9, 1878), Viktor (cca. 1880, he died at the of one on September 20, 1881), Fulop (February 27, 1881), István József (January 27, 1887);
* Ákos married on May 12, 1895 with Gizela Schosberger. Ákos was 26, Gizela 25;
* In 1899 he lived on the VIII. Kis-Stáció utca 5;
* Just as the majority of his collegues was also Ákos Márton of Jewish origin.
(Source e.g.: Jewishgen)

Impressions of Julius

VI. Eötvös utca 35: once a magnificent building with a whole facade in Art Nouveau style. That facade has unfortunately been affected, especially at the upperside of the building. What was once a graceful elegant façade, has been violated by adding a floor which has completely affected the character of the building. Fortunately, the beautiful ornamentation, including  at the first floor, was spared this fate.

The same applies to the building on the VI. Bajza utca 68: a playful asymmetrical façade, on which without doubt "Emil Vidor" influences can be observed and that was the first thought of Budapest Architect before he knew the name of the architect who was responsible for the design. But this facade is height adjusted and it looks like that in two stages a floor was added.

The buildings on the IX. Lónyai utca 36 (1912) and V. Molnár utca 53 (1914) have nothing to do with Art Nouveau. IX. Lónyai 36 is already a prelude to the return of neo-styles which can be seen in the other building. This building has underdone a beautiful door and door portal but it's also quite classical in style. Therefore is the favorite building of Budapest Architect till so far, and which was designed by Ákos Márton in Budapest, still is VI. Eötvös utca 35.

Note: better pictures when the page will be revised!....

V. Molnár utca 53 / Belgrad rakpart1 / Fovám tér in Budapest.(Marton és Szalka építőmesterek)
V. Molnár utca 53 / Belgrad rakpart1 / Fovám tér (1914-1916)

Buildings designed in Budapest

Nowadays you still can find the following buildings in Budapest which are designed by Ákos Márton:
1893 - VI. Bajza utca 28 / Benczűr utca 15: lakóház (date around)
1905 - VI. Eötvös utca 35: bérház
1908 - VI. Bajza utca 68: bérház (together with Beno Réti)
1912 - IX. Lónyai utca 36: bérház (Marton és Szalka építőmesterek)
1914-1916: V. Molnár utca 53 / Belgrad rakpart1 / Fovám tér: bérház (Marton és Szalka építőmesterek)
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(Last modification: November 6, 2012)

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VI. Bajza utca 68 in Budapest. Architect: Ákos Márton (together with Beno Réti)
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