The house at 9 Verde Street (today Gheorghe Manu street) was built between 1911 and 1923, initiated by Ta?iana Niculescu-Doroban?u. One of the four daughters of Ion C. Bratianu, Ta?iana (1870-1940) married in 1900 Ilie I. Niculescu-Doroban?u (1873-1943), liberal political figure and prefect of Ilfov. Through their properties will also feature the Darvari manor, close to Bucharest.
The plans designed by architect Grigore Cerchez (Cerkez) specified „a building with 2, 3 and 4 levels, massive walls, covered with tiles”, occupying 668,29 square meters. In a letter from 9th of May 1910 addressed to her sister Mariuta Pillat, then in Paris, Ta?iana confessed: „I believe we will have a truly beautiful mansion, Louis XII style, with carved stone and exposed brique”. On 25 September 1913, Tatiana was in France, writing to Sabina Cantacuzino: „The castles on Loire I am not even mentioning, I am amazed by so much beauty and very proud to realize that, without possible comparation to these, my house is very beautiful. Unfortunately, the narrow street makes the palace look crammed.” To furnish the interior, Ta?iana chose Romanian traditional art objects and pieces from Antique shops in Paris and Munich. From Spain she brought furniture and tapestries. She wanted everything to be perfect and told her close friends: „I will show you this room only when it is completely furnished.”
The imposing building bears the allure of a Gothic cathedral, with exquisite constructive and decorative elements: the exposed brick façade, in several shades of red, the towers’ silhouettes, the entrance portal, the imposing windows, with carved stone elements in Neo-gothic fashion, the cornices, gargoyles, stained glass windows and pointed arches that mark the exterior and interior.
In his will, Ilie I. Niculescu-Doroban?u donated the building to the Ion C. Bratianu Establishment, provided that it became the museum „Ilie, Ta?iana and Ion Niculescu-Doroban?u”. Between 1948-1957, the house hosted the canteen of the employees of the Minister of Industry. In 1956, following the pressures of the Direction of Historic Monuments, that considered the building „one of the most valuable in the Capital from an architectural point of view”, it was classified as part of the heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Education, undergoing consolidation works. Starting 1958, it hosted the Technical school of choreography, with 300 students.
Today, more than one century after its construction, the impressive Gothic Revival residence maintains its mysterious allure, fascinating the passers-by with its imposing dimensions and unique construction details, crafted by one of the most important Romanian architects.
Simina Stan, „Re?edin?a Ilie I. Niculescu-Doroban?u, monument istoric”, în Revista Arhitectura, iulie 2015
Narcis Dorin Ion, ”Memoria unui ora? – Bucure?ti”, ed. Institutul Cultural Român, Bucure?ti, 2012