Bohuș Palace Info
|Attraction Name(s)||Location||Attraction Type||Visitation Info|
|Str. Vasile Goldis no. 1-3, Arad, Romania||Historical Monument|
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The Bohuș Palace (Palatul Bohuș in Romanian) is a four-story, early 20th century neoclassical style architectural palace located on Vasile Goldiş Street in the city of Arad, Romania. The principal architect of the building was the extremely talented and highly renowned Arad native Ludovic Szántay (1872 – 1961). The palace was custom created at the request of, and to also provide a living headquarters for, the aristocratic, Romanian noble Bohuș family, from whom the palace also derives its name from. The palace served as a multi-purpose building that, besides apartments, also contained retail shops, a movie theater (Arad’s first), and different banks. It was the first building in Arad to serve such a broad category of establishments. Completion of the building happened in 1910 but it didn’t get inaugurated and go into use until 1913.
The palace is located in one of the most prime locations in Arad, off of Vasile Goldiş Street and Revolutionary Boulevard in the midst of city’s busy center. The Bohuș Palace fits in perfectly with the many other eclectic and neo-classical style buildings that surround it, and were developed around the same era. The design of the palace is that of a U which allows it to have access from multiple streets. When looking at the façade of the building one can see the beautifully designed windows with carved out patterns along their trim, the alluring maroon colored travertine walls, and the extending balconies with their marvelous brass crafted rails.
The Bohuș Palace is known as the building which did many things first in Arad. For starters, it was the first building to use central heating and reinforced concrete floors. The building was truly ahead of its time in innovating design and functionality. It was one of the first of its period to incorporate full functioning elevators, which delighted the patrons and operated for many decades up until the 90s when their use was retired. Above the Românul street entrance to the building hangs a antique plaque of the original insurance policy which was provided by the famous Dacia Romania society. Surrounding the inside and outside of the building are various fascinating bas-reliefs that were sculpted by the talented Geza Rubletzky.
The building has housed many different tenants throughout its history. In the 1930s on the ground level floor, the top bank in Arad, Banca Românească, had its headquarters. The name of the bank remains engraved on stained glass on a second floor balcony of the building directly above where the bank used to be housed. At one point the tailor who made clothes for some of the most famous and influential people of Romania, Manase Ghinga, had his shop inside the building. Some of Romania’s most prominent writers, artists, musicians, and political figures have also lived in the palace’s grand apartments throughout various periods in time.
In present day the palace contains, along with its apartments, museum style exhibitions, as well as functioning art studios. Two of the most famous exhibitions displayed in the building are that of legendary Arad writer Ioan Slavici, and that of renowned composer Emil Montia. The exhibits display things such as original photographs, manuscripts, books and newspapers owned by Slavici, and the work studio of Montia which contains his original furniture, piano, violin, scores, folklore collections, and many family photos.