CRITICAL REVIEW


    Architect Alexandru Săvulescu is one of the first representatives of modern Romanian architecture, of the eclecticism of the French academic style.
The most important work of architect Săvulescu is the former Post Office Palace (the second large-scale building, after University Palace in Bucharest, designed by a Romanian architect). This work has brought him indisputable recognition due to the principles of rationality applied in volume distribution and decorative forms, the balance between the facade and interior approach, as well as in terms of functionality. The monumentality of the building is reinforced right from the entrance, by the access steps, which run the entire length of the portico. Thus, the basement is much higher above the pavement on the two pavilions on the corners of the main facade, continuing on the side facades as well. The same monumentality typical of the exterior is mirrored in the interior, where the decoration is quite sober, in the classical style characteristic of the entire construction. (Mariana Croitoru, 2015)
 


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    BIOGRAPHY


    (Cerneţi, Mehedinți county, 1847 - Bucharest, 1902)

    Academic studies/specialized studies:
    1874 - He graduated the School of Fine Arts in Paris, in the studio of Paul René Leon Ginain.

    Professional Activity (affiliations, administrative positions, committees):
    ? - Chief Architect of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Bucharest City Hall;
    ? - Architect of the Ministry of Education and Culture;
    1891 - Deputy chairman in the first board of the Romanian Architects Society;
    1892 - Founder of the first Higher School of Architecture in Bucharest;
    1895-1902 - President of the Romanian Society of Architects.
     


    PROJECTS


    Completed Projects 
    Architectural Projects: 
    1. Public Buildings
    1885-1886 - "Nicolae Bălcescu" Secondary School in Brăila;
    1888-1891 - "Madona Dudu" mental health hospice in Craiova;
    1890-1892 - "Traian" National College, Drobeta-Turnu Severin;
    1894-1900 - Post and Telegraph Palace in Bucharest (with Polish architect Zigfried Kofschinscky,);
    1897 - ,,Stefan cel Mare" Boys Primary School, Alexandria;
    1896-1904 - Communal Palace in Buzau (with Zigfried Kofschinscky, currently the town hall).

    2. Religious Architecture
    1898-1901 - Amzei Church in Bucharest (with Zigfried Kofschinscky).

    3. Monuments
    1897 - Bust of Demetrius Giurescu, hero of the War of Independence, Câmpulung (together with sculptor Dimitrie Demetrescu Mirea).

    Restoration Projects:
    ? - Banu Church in Buzău.

    Participation in Competitions:
    1879 - International Competition for the Chamber of Deputies in Bucharest - 2nd prize (1st prize was not awarded).
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY


    Books:
    CONSTANTIN, Paul, Dicţionar universal al arhitecţilor, Editura Ştiinţifică şi Enciclopedică, Bucureşti, 1986.
    SOCOLESCU, Toma T., Fresca arhitecților care au lucrat în România în epoca modernă: 1800-1925, Editura Caligraf Design, București, 2004.

    Webography:
    https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandru_Savulescu_arhitect