Monday, February 20, 2017

Gyula Fodor I

Following a theme, I thought some people might (???) want to know a little more about the architect mentioned in the last two posts.  Fodor (1872-1942) was a well known architect, particularly of multi-apartment buildings for wealthy clients.  His career began around 1900 and virtually ended with the beginning of World War I. His buildings are often decorated with sculpture, most of which appear to be the work of Simon Ney (about whom I know nothing), and the interiors often incorporate stained glass from the workshops of Miksa Roth.. The sculpture above is on the facade of his building at Falk Miksa utca and may be a portrait of the architect.   

Here are some more pictures of the building on Falk Miksa utca.

Another famous building is Napoleon Udvar (courtyard) on Hajos utca, built 1905-1906 for Ignatius Pollack and his wife, very near the Hungarian Opera House,  The outside of the building is striking (though the stauary on the ceiling is hidden beneath protective cloths.   

The interior is gorgeous.  (I sneaked into this one.)

Interestingly (or not), I found a list of the inhabitants.  

Samuel Wolf Schreiber discounting and bank industry commission shop ownerMor grocer WolliczerBernard tailor GelbWeil Rezsõ engineer, building contractor (tel: 171-56)Frederick Grün DealerAgent Grünfeld AdolfJoseph Wolf Fleischmann, czégb coffee-shop owner (tel: 98-08). - Name again find in the "cafe" keyword as the owner of the building operating Figaro cofee !!Stricker Mór doctor (tel: 11-59), with up to 3-4Dr. László attorney Charles (tel: 71-76)Gyula Heller securities agentFürst Kalman butcherB. Bleier sisters, women's clothing tailorsArthur De Sanctis singing teacherGiovanni Lunardi opera singerthe term "military equipment" section Hirschl and Heimann (tel 109-64)Former billboards placed near the door turns out to be was here in Pest County Savings Association office, Mazzantini Luigi renowned ballet master illem- and dance institute on the first floor and Jeno Geyer photographic art institutions

In 1905-1907 Fodor built the Eagle Inn for Count Gyula Karolyi. The ironwork is by Gyorgy Gero.  It is an udvar, that opens both to Ulloi ut 14 and Baross utca 11.

This is the Ulloi ut entrance.  It has the eagle and sculpture at the top.

This is the gate to Baross 11.

And some of its decoration.  (The eagle is missing on this side.)

Fodor designed so many beautiful and interesting buildings, but I think I should stop now and make this Gyula Fodor I.  I'll put up pictures of other buildings at another time; probably when I'm back in Louisville and have less interesting things in my life to blog about.

#Falk Miksa ut

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Budapest. Raday utca 9.

In In the Darkroom, which I wrote about in the last post, I noted that one of the places mentioned in the book was Raday utca 9, a secession-era house designed by noted architect Gyula Fodor.  I live about a 10 minute walk from there, and pass it almost everyday.  I thought readers, or potential readers, of the book might be interested in seeing more of the building. Susan Faludi describes the building this way.  (She gets into the building--like I often do--by slipping in after someone has opened the door).

"The front hall was refurbished.  The red-tiled wainscotting gleamed, and the freshly painted walls glowed a warm creamy yellow, white mouldings buffed to a high shine.  

"The interior Art Nouveau friezes had been restored; they ran in a long white panorama down either side of the hallway and across the ceiling."

"I gazed upon lithe nudes in playful motion: a girl in ecstatic mid-twirl with arms flung wide; two nubile dancers prancing together with wild abandon, their fingers interlaced; a muscular and naked Adonis reclining with a book. Had these been the daily muses of my father's boyhood?"

Susan Faludi's absolutely accurate and detailed description of entry hall of Raday utca 9 anchors her book in reality in a precise and meaningful way.