Heritage of Timișoara

Cetate 9 Eugeniu De Savoya str.

Ágoston Galgon Apartment Building

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  • Architect: Jenö Klein
  • Former Owner: Ágoston Galgon
  • Former Tenant: Gyula Galgon
  • Construction authorization: June 6, 1911
  • Property type: Private property
  • Protection type: Historical Site
    "Cetatea Timişoara" Neighborhood
  • Main arch. style Art Nouveau/Secession
  • Planimetry Rectangular Complex
  • No. of levels 3
  • Current functions Restaurant
    Apartment Tower

Starting with the second half of the 18th century, on the current location of the building there was a house known at the time to the people of Timișoara for the business that functioned in it, such as the restaurant At The Black Rooster or the wine cellar At The Black Cat. Around the year 1900, in the house lived Gyula Galgon, a well known timber merchant who owned a grocery shop with the same name.

In 1911, Ágoston Galgon (the son of Gyula Galgon) obtained a construction permit for a three-storey building with 9 apartments and 35 rooms. The building was designed in the style of the 1900s (Secession) and stands out for the playfulness of the volumes of the roof and pediments, as well as for the two-storey high bay window that emphasizes the corner. The decoration of the building combines geometrical ornaments – typical of late Secession – with anthropomorphic ones – mascarons that convey rhythm to the capitals at the top of the pilasters, typical of 1900s architecture. Another remarkable feature are the bass reliefs on the first floor which depict feminine figures dancing, but the most representative detail is the roof’s tin finial shaped as a rooster.

Authors of this file:

Research & text: Mihai-Claudiu Moldovan

Field research & mapping: Vlad Pată, Alexandra Palconi-Sitov

Translation into English: Cristina Chira

Photographer: Sorin Silaghi

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