Heritage of Timișoara

Fabric 2 Traian sq.

The Mercur Palace

Alternative names:

Béla Fiatska Palace

Completion date:

April 1, 1909

  • Architect: Unknown
  • Former Owner: Adalbert (Béla) Fiatska
  • Former Tenant: Merchant Alexandru Nenadovics
  • Construction authorization: June 30, 1908
  • Property type: Private property
  • Protection type: Architectural Ensemble
    Urban heritage site "Fabric" (I)
  • Main arch. style Art Nouveau/Secession
  • Building condition Fair
  • Planimetry Rectangular Complex
  • No. of levels 3
  • Current functions Multiple property
    Apartment Tower
    Bar/Coffee shop
    Hospital / Clinic

The Mercur House was constructed between 1908-1909, in Secession style, replacing a more modest house.

The silent partner, Adalbert (Béla) Fiatska, was the president of the ‘Hunnia’ Philatelic Association, established in 1906 with the purpose of easing philatelic exchange between collectors. The house bears its name thanks to the statue of Mercury/Hermes god (the god of merchants, travelers and thieves) which stands on the corner’s top.

In the interbelic times, here worked the ‘Mercur’ trading company (import-export, butchers, cereal shop, petrol, gasoline, etc.). For a few decades, both in the old building, and in the current one, the ground floor was the place where the butcher Nenadovics Alexandru conducted his business.

Contributors to this record:

Research & text: Alexandra Palconi

Fieldresearch & mapping: arh. Anca-Raluca Majaru, arh. Cristina Chira

Translation into English: Alexandra Dragoş

Photographer: Flavius Neamciuc

Last modified: 10 months ago

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