At the beginning of the 1900s, in order to widen 3 August 1919 Blvd (Andrássy Road at the time), Timişoara City Hall bought Risticz and Sigmund’s ground floor houses and demolished them.
In their place, in 1908 began the construction of a tenement house which would help raise the city’s capital. The design belonged to László Székely, the city’s chief architect.
Finished in 1909, the building has three street fronts and two entrances, one in Romanilor Square and one on Ştefan Cel Mare street. At the first floor there was the so called Fabric Society Club (Geselligkeitsklub), which, during World War I, gave up the space for the city’s Commercial High School for Girls. Also during those times, two other properties on the second floor hosted the Commercial High School for Boys.
In 1918 the building is sold to the General Director of “Wool Industry Inc.,” and later, to Rudolf Totisz, the Consul of Belgium in Timişoara who renames the building “Ştefania,” in honour of his wife. Today, becuse of the statues depicting bears and gorillas located at the top of one of the facades, the building is also know as “The House with Monkeys”.
In the first half of the 20th century, at the ground floor of the building operated a restaurant with terrace called “Carul cu Bere” (The Cart with Beer), with its entrance in the Romans’ Square. Other ventures that functioned in the building were the Dénes & Pollak’s shop of textiles and haberdashery, the Spierer perfume shop, the Schwartz shoe shop on the first floor, and a branch of the Timişoara Bank, whose director was Sigismund Szana.
Livia Coloji’s illustration depicts the corner of the building, between 3 August 1919 boulevard and Coronini (now Romanilor) Square, where there is a neighbourhood bar.