CRITICAL REVIEW


     Arta Cerkez worked as an architect after 1904, for a period in collaboration with architect Gregory Cerkez, to whom he was probably somehow related.
     The Casino in Eforie Sud is part of a resort started by Ioan Movilă in 1899 and intended to become Baile Movila, a spa resort, and it is a representative work of Art Deco aesthetics. The horizontal volume approach allows the accommodation of commercial galleries, open towards the two streets. The two symmetrical towers placed at the ends of the horizontal volume are completed by belvedere structures and covered with cantilever roof framing, and the horizontal body includes a terrace that allows access.
     In 1931, Arta Cerkez was the initiator of competition within the Romanian Society of Architects for a treaty on the History of Romanian Architecture, warding a 1st prize of 100,000 lei. The competition was closed at the end of 1933, and Grigore Ionescu received the amount as prize after the publication in 1937 of Istoria Arhitecturii Româneşti. (Gabriela Petrescu, 2015)
 


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    BIOGRAPHY


    (Bârlad, 1878-1962)

    Academic /specialized studies:
    ? - 1904 - Faculty of Architecture within the Polytechnic of Karlsruhe;
    1933 - The Academy of Architecture certified his architect diploma.

    Professional Activity (affiliations, administrative positions, committees):
    1933 - Member of the Romanian Order of Architects.

    Other relevant information:
    Arta Cerkez was married to Felicia Movila, the daughter of the Moldavian boyar Ioan Movilă. The latter founded Baile Movila spa resort, subsequently called Carmen Sylva, and since 1962, Eforie Sud. Most of the buildings and exterior works, undertaken after 1909, were designed by architect Arta Cerkez.
     


    PROJECTS


    Completed Projects 
    Architectural projects:
    1905 - Knitwear factory, Gramont Street, Bucharest (with architect Gregory Cerkez);
    1907 - Hospital for bone tuberculosis, Traian Street, Bucharest (with architect Gregory Cerkez);
    1907 - The building on 36 Antim Street, Bucharest (with architect Gregory Cerkez);
    1908 - Two villas and a hotel in Govora (with architect Gregory Cerkez);
    after 1909 - He designed buildings for Movila family in Băile Movilă (Eforie Sud) resort;
    1909-1910 - The Royal Pavilion in the former "Chitila" Aerodrome, a building desined for Cerchez Co. (the first school for military pilots);
    1921 - Project for the hotel of Movilă company in Techirghiol, Carmen Sylva;
    1922 - Rental Property, 67, 69, 71 Elisabeta Blvd., Bucharest;
    1924 - Ioan I. Movila family vault, Bellu Cemetery;
    1931-1935 - The Casino of the Movila company in Baile Movila-Tekirghiol, Carmen Sylva (Eforie-Sud).

    Editorial Activity:
    He published articles in the journal #„Arhitectura”:
    Two articles entitled Din aspectele Bucureştilor (1934, p. 21 and 1937, no. 9-10, pp. 21-25).
    Istoria Arhitecturii Româneşti (1931-1933, p. 9).
    După cutremur (1940, pp.15-16).

    Awards and Distinctions:
    1925 - He received the "Medical Merit, class I" award for the ensemble built in the town of Carmen Silva (Eforie Sud), but also for the external facilities in the resort: parks, terraces, sports facilities, greenhouses, etc., for Movila family.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY


    Books:
    CURINSCHI, Vorona, Ghe., Istoria arhitecturii in Romania, Editura Tehnica, Bucuresti, 1981.
    IONESCU, Grigore, Arhitectura pe teritoriul Romaniei de-a lungul veacurilor, Editura Academiei, Bucuresti, 1982.
    POPESCU, Carmen, Le style National Roumain. Construire une Nation a travers l’architecture 1881 - 1945, Presses Universitaires de Rennes-Simetria, Rennes-Bucuresti, 2004.
    SOCOLESCU, Toma T., Fresca arhitectilor care au lucrat in Romania in epoca moderna, Caligraf, Bucuresti, 2004. 
    TABACU, Gabriela, Revista Arhitectura, studiu monografic si indici, 1906-1944, Bucuresti, Humanitas, 2008.

    Dictionaries:
    TEODORESCU, Sidonia, NICULAE, Raluca, TELEA, Vasile, BIRSAN, Andrei, Dictionar al arhitecturii romanesti moderne (sec. XIX, XX, XXI). Literele A-C - editie online, pdf, 2014, proiect beneficiar al unei finantari din partea Uniunii Arhitectilor din Romania (2012), din Fondul Timbrul Arhitectilor; Bucuresti, 2014. (https://issuu.com/dictionaruar), ISBN: 978-973-0-18270-5

    Articles in periodicals:
    LASCU, Nicolae, Scoala de arhitectura si «Stilul Romanesc» 1900-1915, in: #„Arhitectura” Journal no. 5, 1985, pp. 37-44.
    #„Arhitectura” Journal, years 1916-1944.

    Webography:
    http://www.arhivadearhitectura.ro