CRITICAL REVIEW

    
    
The Hebrew origin architect conducted an intense activity both in the public service, as well as in the private domain, about which not many details are known nowadays. He is one of the tributary to the Beaux-Arts academic style of the School of Fine Arts in Paris. (Oana Marinache, 2015)
 


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    BIOGRAPHY


    (Bucharest, November 5th 1857 - ?)
     
    Academic/specialized studies:
    ? - He studied at the School of Roads and Bridges;
    1879 - He left to Paris to prepare for the admission to the School of Fine Arts, Department of Architecture. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in 1887.
     
    Administrative/public activity // Professional activity (affiliations, administrative positions, committees):
    1887 - After graduation, he was hired as a sub-inspector for the works of the Central School in Paris and as a general inspector for the works of the buildings in the Luxembourg Parisian neighbourhood.
    1888 - He returned to the country, as a chief-architect of the Romanian Railways, also contributing to the docks in Braila si Galati.
    1888-1895 - He worked in the architecture service of the Ministry of Culture and Public Education;
    since 1895 - He retired from the public office in order to dedicate himself entirely to private works.
     


    PROJECTS


    Finished projects:
     
    Architecture projects:
    He designed a series of emblematic buildings in Bucharest, the Jockey Club, The Splendid Hotel, and the Commercial Academy but also other buildings that no longer exist nowadays ("Alex. E. Lahovary" House, Calea Victoriei nr. 102, 1888; "Ioan Pencovici" House, Calea Calarasi nr. 18bis, 1889, with Wilhelm Bast; "Procopie Dumitrescu" House, str. Batistei nr. 21, 1889; House, Calea Calarasi nr. 33, 1890; "Maria Pariano" House, Str. Coltei nr. 69, 1891; The "Orfeu" Music Shop; "H. Iancu" House, str. Gandului nr. 20, 1897).
     
    ? - The "Fraternitatea Zion" school for girls – The Coral Temple (nowadays The Hebrew Communities Federation in Romania), Bucharest, Romania;
    1889 - Pencovici Building (today Amsterdam Cafe), Bucharest, Romania;
    ? - Personal Residence, str. Radu Calomfirescu nr. 12, Bucharest, Romania;
    1892 - The expansion of the Filipescu-Cesianu House, Bucharest, Romania;
    1893-1897 - The expansion of the Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest, Romania;
    1905-1906 - The Roman Arena and the Carol I Park, Bucharest, Romania;
    1913 - The expansion of the Take Ionescu House, Bucharest, Romania.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY


    Among other countries
     
    http://arhivadearhitectura.ro/arhitecti/leonida-negrescu/