Another famous and extremely attractive district is Primaverii, although we can say that its fame belongs more to recent history. It appeared in the interwar period and was conceived as a working-class neighborhood for the employees of the Gasworks. However, especially during the communist period, this was the place where both Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej and Nicolae Ceaușescu lived. Further, there were moved all the communist dignitaries and the ordinary Romanians of the time were not allowed to walk the streets of the neighborhood from Bucharest.
The prolific development of the district has made it one of the most special tourist attractions in the capital. As a result, here you can visit the famous Spring Palace, also known as Casa Ceaușescu – where you will have the opportunity to see what conditions were like in the President’s house and draw a parallel with the life of the Romanians at that time by looking at some of the design details you won’t be able to miss: the gold taps in the bathroom, the swimming pool, and the art collections.
Primaverii district was considered an exclusive neighborhood, so it managed to gain a good reputation today. So a short walk through this area will be enough to understand why it is home to some of the capital’s most expensive properties and villas. It is the only neighborhood that has hosted five of the country’s former presidents.
Spring Palace from Primaverii District
Architect Aron Grimberg-Solari designed the residence of the Ceaușescu family. It is complemented by a landscape created by architect Robert Woll, who was also the main designer of the furniture inside the residence. The house captures several fascinating architectural elements, including spaciousness, balanced volumes, and a luxurious, comfortable interior décor. All of this is due to the greatness of those who thought up the entire project and brought it to life.
Inside, we notice wooden ornaments in various colors and textures. Thus, native wood (oak, palms, cherry, walnut) and exotic wood (mahogany, rose, African pear, Canadian cherry) were chosen.
As I said, there is also an art exhibition in this house, where you can admire a series of creations signed by Octav Băncilă, Camil Ressu, Rudolf Cumpăna, Dumitru Ghiață, George Baron Lowendal, as well as a lot of handmade tapestries and a large number of handmade mosaics. Thus, a short visit here may be the main reason you will also better understand who Nicolae Ceaușescu was as a man, not just the state president.