Monday, May 18, 2015

Ignac Alpar and Historicism II: The Anker Palace

Though the Vajdahunyad Castle is a bit of an architectural jumble, Alpar was capable of making historicist buildings that were aesthetically--even if not always historically--coherent, The house at Apotol Utca 13b is one example.  Another is the Anker Palace which appears at the corner of Erzebet Ter.

The Anker Palace was one of my favorite buildings in Budapest, from my earliest visit there in 2002. When I first saw it, I didn't have any information about it. I know now that it was built by Ignac Alpar for the Anker Insurance Company in 1907.  The offices are on the gound floor and flats are above; it was one of the first building with flats in Budapest.

The Anker Building sits at the southwest corner of Erzebet Ter and catches the late afternoon sun, which produces a rich yellow/

 Much of the golden plaster has crumbled but there are still enough tiles to keep the yellow color vivid.

The building is highly (if eclectically) decorated.

But it caused something of a scandal because Alpar topped it with a pyrmamid instead of a dome!


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