Heritage of Timișoara

Iosefin 8 Sfânta Maria sq.

The Southernland Casino Palace

Alternative names:

Whitehouse - clothing store / Forum Cinema / Délvidéki Caszino

Completion date:


  • Architect: Arch. Emil Töry
  • Property type: Private property
  • Protection type: Historical Site
    Urban site "Old neighborhood of Iosefin"
  • Construction auth.: 1903
  • Main arch. style Art Nouveau/Secession
  • Building condition Fair
  • Planimetry Rectangular Complex
  • No. of levels 3
  • Current functions Multiple property, Foundation Headquarters, Concert Hall, Store/Supermarket

The Social Club in Iosefin-Elisabetin, which in 1897 was carrying out its activity in the Palace of the City Pension Fund in Kuttl Square (currently Alexandru Mocioni Square), decided at one point that it needed its own building.

Taking advantage of the lifting of the interdiction to build outside the Timișoara Fortress walls in 1892, the Club opted to build the edifice in a new neighbourhood.

In 1902 the Club obtained the authorisation of construction for a new palace, designed by the architect from Budapest, Emil Töry. Finalised in 1905, the building also hosted the “Southern Land Casino” (Delvideki Kaszino), the Whitehouse fashion house, the cinema FORUM, the Lira Hall and, in the interior courtyard, the summer theatre.

Presently, the edifice has lost many of its original decorations, but is still one of the most important silhouettes of the neighbourhood.

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: 3 months ago

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