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Hrisicos House, Arch. Louis GivÉrt The Iconic Building In Ovidiu Square
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  • 23 bedrooms
  • Over 50 Years Old
  • QC Approved Listing
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A building of reference in the history of the city, the Hrisicos House was built in 1900 following the plans of French architect Louis Givért. The building is highlighted by its Eclectic style, with Neoclassic features and Art Nouveau details specific for the beginning of the 20th century. The building inspired the future constructions in Ovidiu Square, mostly designed by architect Adolf Lintz in Viennese fashion. One of the oldest buildings preserved to this day from the historic configuration of the square, it formed originally the corner of the streets Traian and Pescarilor (the latter disappeared).Built by Gheorghe Hrisicos, a "simple shop boy" who quickly became a well-known wine merchant and owner of central homes, Hrisicos House was opened through a glamorous event in the autumn of 1903. Designed as a luxury hotel, with a restaurant with international and fish cuisine at the ground floor, it quickly became a landmark of the city. The elite of Bucharest, used with "Carol" or "Regina" hotels, would now choose "Hrisicos". However, the story of the owner’s success did not last long, due to the frauds he had committed. Labelled by the press of the time "Constanţa’s impostor-banker", Gheorghe Hrisicos will flee to Russia, then will be extradited and imprisoned for two years. The financial scandal and the
much-publicized process provided the Hrisicos House an unparalleled reputation, being frequented by public figures like Ion Luca Caragiale, Barbu Ştefănescu Delavrancea, Alexandru Vlahuţă and Take Ionescu.
The building was devastated during the First World War and reopened only in 1924 as the headquarter of the Popular Bank “Steagul Dobrogei” (Dobrogea’s Flag). During the Second World War, it was the favourite place of German military commanders who supervised the city and the seashore operations. Immediately after August 23, 1944, the balcony apartment was occupied by the Soviet military commander of the city. The communist regime nationalized the building and turned it into military garrison then, after major repairs in 1974, in “Pelican Hotel”. After the fall of communism, the building served as office for various banks, being subjected to continuous degradation, especially indoors.
The building was acquired by the current owners in 2006 and entered an ample rehabilitation and restoration process, being converted into a new and modern concept of high-end bistro. The undergoing reconversion process aims to create a 23 bedrooms hotel.
Recovering its original charm and function, the Hrisicos House has again become a living symbol of Constanţa, a witness of important secrets and political decisions of the tormented 20th century.

1 Traian Street, Constanta, Constanta, Romania
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