(Rosiorii de Vede, December 6, 1831 - Bucharest, May 28,1884)
1853-1859 - The School of Fine Arts in Paris, student of the architect Henri Labrouste, he earns a degree in 1859.
Professional activity (affiliations, administrative positions, committees):
1870-1871 - Minister of the Public Works in Ion Ghica’s Cabinet, member of the Parliament.
Other relevant information:
He was born either in 1832 (Dan Berindei in ION, Narcis Dorin, Familia Berindei. Portretul unor aristocraţi ai spiritului. Convorbiri cu academicianul Dan Berindei în „Cercetări Istorice” (new series), XXXIII, Iaşi, 2014, pp. 213-28; CONSTANTIN, Paul, Dicţionar universal al arhitecţilor, Editura Ştiinţifică și Enciclopedică, Bucureşti, 1986, p. 40), or in 1831 (apud LECCA, Octav-George, Familiile boiereşti române, Editura Muzeul Literaturii Române, Bucureşti, 1999, apud BERINDEI, Dan in the article Familia Berindei. Note biografice, in: STURDZA, Mihai Dim. (coordinator and co-author), Familiile boiereşti din Moldova şi Ţara Românească. Enciclopedie istorică, genealogică şi biografică, volumul I, Editura Simetria, 2004, p. 446 - here we can find more accurate data: December 6, 1831 - May 28, 1884 - and RĂDULESCU, Mihai Sorin, Genealogii, Editura Albatros, Bucureşti, 1999, the genealogy of the Berindei family).
Architect Ion D. Berindey’s father (1871-1928).
The architects Dimitrie Berindey, Ion D. Berindey and Ion I. Berindey are descendants of the «great chamberlain Constantin Cantacuzino, of Nicolae Slatineanu, founder of the "Adormirea Maicii Domnului" Church in Slatina, of Gavril Druganescu, who built the palace in Floresti-Stoenesti (Druganesti) near Bucharest, of the steward Ianache Vacarescu († 1714), and of the representatives of other old Wallachian families (the old Stirbei, Candesti families, etc.).»
When he was 19, Dumitru Berindei is likely to have been involved in the Revolution of 1848. [...] He was in touch with Bălcescu, to whom he provided some drawings. (Dan Berindei in ION, Narcis Dorin, Familia Berindei. Portretul unor aristocraţi ai spiritului. Convorbiri cu academicianul Dan Berindei in „Cercetări Istorice” (serie nouă), XXXIII, Iaşi, 2014, pp. 213-281).
1856 - The mansion in Dobrotesti (destroyed in 1907);
1870 - Ion Ghica’s mansion, Ghergani, Dambovita County, located in a park in which he also built a chapel.
1862 - He studied ”in depth the issue of restoring Curtea de Arges" (in: "Annals of Architecture", 1st year, no. 1, p. 5). A committee was appointed before beginning the restoration of the Curtea de Arges Episcopal Church, and the technical details were entrusted to Dumitru Berindey, but the report disappeared.
He founded, together with Alexandru Odobescu and Ion Falcoianu, „Revista Română, pentru științe, litere și arte”. Contributors to this magazine included: Nicolae Bălcescu, Vasile Alecsandri, G. Creţianu, A. Donici, General Manu.
He was one of the editors of „Junimea Română” (printed in Paris, between May and June 1851), where he published the article Trecutul şi prezentul
(in: „Junimea Română”, year I, 1851, pp. 3-5).
Dumitru Berindey published numerous studies on the state of architecture in the country and the issue of restoring historical monuments, in the journal „Analele Arhitecturii”. In a study published in „Revista Română pentru științe, litere și arte”, Dumitru Berindey wrote: "The artistic future of the country will be ensured when the painters, sculptors and architects will join hands in the realm of arts, and work together for their development and dissemination". With regard to the architecture in Bucharest, at the time, Dumitru Berindey noted "the fortresses-like appearance, preserved in most buildings and the Byzantine style adopted in civil architecture, as well as in the religious one, but altered to fit the taste of the period and society’s habits."
He was editor of the newspaper "Dambovita" (published in Bucharest, intermittently, between October 11, 1858 and March 1865), editorial secretary of „Revista română pentru științe, litere și arte” (printed between April 1861-November 1863), and editor of „Revista Dunării” (published in Bucharest, between December 19, 1865 and January 1, 1866). In 1862, Dumitru Berindei was one of the founding members of the Romanian Society of Sciences.
1861 - București - studiu istoric, an article accompanied by a sketch of the city’s plan, after F. I. Sulzer, in: „Revista Română”.
1861 - Studii artistice asupra Romei antice, as part of an unfinished five-article project of which this is the only published piece.
? - Despre arte şi despre cultura lor în ţara Românească, in which he put forth five proposals, including the creation of two schools of fine arts;
? - Repede ochire asupra arhitecturii bizantine.
SOCOLESCU, Toma T., Fresca arhitectilor care au lucrat în Romania in epoca moderna. 1800-1925, Editura Caligraf Design, Bucuresti, 2004.
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Enciclopedie istorica, genealogica si biografica, volumul I, Editura Simetria, 2004.
„Analele Architecturei”, anul I (1890), nr. 1, pp. 4-5, p. 13.
ION, Narcis Dorin, Familia Berindei. Portretul unor aristocrati ai spiritului. Convorbiri cu academicianul Dan Berindei în „Cercetari Istorice” (serie noua), XXXIII, Iasi, 2014, pp. 213-281.