Downtown Bucharest heritage house destroyed

Prince Cantacuzino’s house at 3 Gutenberg St was wrecked over the weekend, despite the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MCPN) having asked the Bucharest prefect to bring the demolition works to a halt, given the building is classified as a historic monument, Mediafax reports. The Police has opened an investigation into the case. The ‘Carpati’ Association for Identity Memory reported Monday that Friday night into Saturday morning and Saturday night into Sunday morning as well, unidentified persons, using sledgehammers and other tools, destroyed all the decorative and artistic elements on the façade of the building at 3 Gutenberg St, the former residence estate of Prince Gheorghe Cantacuzino – ‘The Frontier Guard’. A demolishing team worked round the clock installing scaffolding and destroying the decorative elements of the building facade. Further more, demolishers destroyed the valuable ironwork, forged cast iron doors and the banisters marble staircase in the hallway – aggravating the destruction offence, given the protected building status. According to the association, despite police attempts to make demolishers stop their work and leave the premises they refused, which in turn made police intervene and take them to Bucharest Police Precinct no 17.

In the association’s view, the deeds committed are ‘deliberate aggressions against a building with historic monument status, under Law 422/July 18, 2001, with the said persons defying the decisions of some official authorities.

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