Alexandru Săvulescu

Noblesse Palace and the story of
renowned architect - Alexandru Săvulescu

Born in 1847 in Mehedinți, Alexandru Săvulescu was part of the first generation of Romanian architects who studied architecture in France. Săvulescu graduated in 1874 from the School of Fine Arts in Paris, under the guidance of Professor Ginain. He worked as an architect between 1874 and 1895, after which he obtained his diploma, becoming a Diplomate Architect. In the meantime, he was awarded at the Paris Architecture Exhibition in 1881. Surely, this success brought him not only recognition but also numerous commissions in the country.
The residence at 7th Sfinților Street, owned by Ioan Pascu, was the first project young Săvulescu undertook after being awarded in Paris. If we were to classify his work, Alexandru Săvulescu was influenced by French eclecticism, which he incorporated into all his projects. He adopted a type of eclectic architecture with varied floor plans depending on the program. There was harmony between the exterior and interior decor, with a repertoire that borrowed many elements from classicism. In public buildings, he emphasized monumentality and functionality.
His professionalism propelled Alexandru Săvulescu into the position of architect within the Ministry of Public Instruction and Cults, also serving as president of the Romanian Architects’ Society from 1895 to 1902.
Among his most famous works are the Palace of Posts and Telegraphs, now the National Museum of Romanian History, the Municipal Palace in Buzău, the Amzei Church, as well as many schools and high schools in Bucharest and across the country. He was also one of the founders of the School of Architecture in Bucharest. His style is unique, generally referred to as eclectic, but it incorporates traditional Byzantine, Romanian, and French elements, reminiscent of the Art Nouveau style.
The current Palat Noblesse was built in 1881, shortly after the architect returned from Paris. It is one of the main eclectic-style residences built in this area, the Moșilor and the Jewish Quarter. The building is representative of the late 19th-century period, being one of the constructions that contributed to Bucharest being dubbed “Little Paris”.