Heritage of Timișoara

Iosefin 50 16 Decembrie 1989 blvd.

The Firefighters' Barracks in Iosefin

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  • Architect: Arch. László Székely
  • Construction authorization: 1905
  • Property type: Private property
  • Protection type: Historical Monument
    The Firefighters' Barracks in Iosefin
  • Main arch. style Art Nouveau/Secession
  • Building condition Fair
  • Planimetry Rectangular Complex
  • No. of levels 3
  • Current functions Fire Station

The construction works on the volunteer Firefighters’ Barracks in Iosefin started in July 1905 and were finalised the following year.

The ensemble, designed by the famous architect of Timișoara László Székely in the 1900s style, stands out because of its lean observation tower and its decoration depicting typical firefighting props.

In 1931 the tower was damaged by a powerful storm and was never restored to its original aspect, thus leading the ensemble to lose its soaring silhouette. Because of its height, the tower offered a panoramic view of Iosefin neighbourhood and of a small part of Elisabetin neighbourhood. At the same time, it was a landmark for the community, contributing to the characteristic silhouette of the neighbourhood alongside the smoke chimneys of the factories in the area.

Vintage photos

Contributors to this record:

Research & text: Mihai Moldovan, Alexandra Palconi

Fieldresearch & mapping: arh. Vlad Pată (coordonator), Raul Andrei Rusu (voluntar)

Translation into English: Cristina Chira

Photographer: Flavius Neamciuc

Last modified: 11 months ago

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