You know this feeling when you see a beautiful cityscape and you really, really want to know what it looked like 100 years ago? Or is it just me? Anyway, here you’ll find out what today’s Central Station neighborhood looked like in 1850 and in 1920. (Interactive version here)
Of course, now y’all want to find out even more about these buildings because you’re all architects or urbanists and have a obsessive passion for historic architecture - nono, wait, I think it’s just me… (whining out loud)
1- Ostrina Central Station (map) - built 1876 under the name Gara Dabijei (Train Station of Dabija), it became the new main station of Ostrina, as the old one from 1847 was way too small. Here you can look at the railway station from a better angle;
2- Hotel Dinamo *** (map) - today, here you’ll find a modernist building from the late 70s, but in 1920 you would have found one of the most luxurious hotels in the city that time - Grand Hotel Dabija Royale. Unfortunately, this hotel was open for tourists only for 7 years… It opened in 1918 and was bombed down by Gobrassian troops in the 3rd Antharian War in 1925. Gobrassanya, we love you. (That's probably what Dabija Royale looked like in 1920);
3- Șaussé Mall (also known as Șaussé Palas) (map) - it may look old, but it’s not. It’s a modern mall built in 1986 on a vacant lot. It’s facade should remind us of the old buildings that once stood in this place (the architect didn’t do a great job);
4- Twin buildings on Station Street (Strada Gării) (map) - they don’t really look like twins anymore since Myrcian company Citihotel decided to dye the left twin’s roof green, but the twins still get along pretty well. They were both built between 1880 and 1885, as part of the city’s modernization program. Here you can look at them from a better angle;
5- Fonciera Building (also known as Agricola-Fonciera Building) (map) - you know when you can consider yourself a failure as an architect? When you project a huge, fascist building in the middle of an old-styled plaza… That’s what our dictator Jean-Gheorghe Barraca decided to do in 1922 (This is what the building could look like today). Also, this building was placed in this exact location for a reason…
6- Cluceru Dabijei Church & Monastery - The one thing dictators hate most is probably God, that’s why the old church in the public square has been demolished in 1921. Believe it or not, the bell tower (clopotniță) of the church stood on the other side of the boulevard until 1960. The monastery, built in the 16th century, was already demolished in 1880 (This is what the monastery could have looked like in 1875, before the demolitions);
7- Dabija Vodă Market Hall - It was one of the very few market halls in the city. It miraculously survived the 1880 modernization program, being practically located in the middle of the square. Due to it’s deplorable state, it was demolished in 2002. Sad.
And, to make sure this User Diary entry is indeed the longest ever, here is a pic of a beautiful car parked next to the „Jurnal de Ostrina” headquarters, facing the Central Station:
'The day I saw your white Mustang'… And it had an Antharian license plate…
Sorry for this long User Diary entry, but I worked 12 hours straight for this small project and no one even reads them blikis. Also please comment down below what you think about this short OGF history lesson, maybe I should do this again? It only takes 12 hours, no big deal.