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"La Elefant" House

"La Elefant" House Address 3 Unirii Square Dating 1758 – a first house having a ground and first floor is mentioned, belonging to master glassmaker Mathias Simon Names and historical functions In 1828 it belonged to Elisabeth Dadany (Gadanyi). Since the first half of the nineteenth century it housed the famous tavern and inn “La Elefant” (“The Elephant”). Superposed in the 1960s. The ground floor and first floor preserve the original masonry, but the façade is treated in the modern style characteristic of the 1960s. During the communist period, it housed the Timişoara building trust. Between 1980 and 1981, architect Şerban Sturza builds a new façade in an eclectic historicist style. Architectural style Eclectic, historicist style, with Baroque architectural elements. The pilasters in a “colossal order” (i.e. on two levels) are set out, which give a rhythm to the façade on levels two and three. In fact, they hide the concrete pillars necessary to the building’s framework. The gate and the entry portal are highlighted by their treatment in the Baroque spirit. Uniqueness aspects In the images stored in the first half of the nineteenth century, the signboard and advert of the “La Elefant” inn stand out, that is an elephant made of metal, located on the corner facing the street, at the house’s first floor.

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