Budapest Secession

21. Király Bazár

Ferenciek tere 4, Belváros
Géza Aladár Kármán & Gyula Ullmann, 1902

This building is located on the most interesting square of Budapest.



22. Sebestyén Kovacs Apartment Building

Petőfi Sándor utca 11, Belváros
József Ámon, 1902

The wooden framing of the shop windows is very elegant.



23. Léderer Palace

Bajza utca 42 / Aradi utca 70, Terézváros
Zoltán Bálint & Lajos Jámbor, 1902

This building has an interesting entrance gate and Little Prince-style façade decorations between the upper-floor windows. It currently houses the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Hungary.


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24. Bródy Imre Gymnasium

Attila utca 8-10, Újpest
Sándor Baumgarten & Zsigmond Herczegh, 1902

This crumbling structure is by the same architects who designed the building of Erzsébet Girls School next to the City Park.



25. Schwarz Villa

Városligeti fasor 23, Erzsébetváros
Emil Vidor, 1902-1903

This villa is one of the several villas that Emil Vidor designed on Városligeti fasor. Its owner was Izidor Schwarz, an entrepreneur in glass industry, whose brothers had their own villas nearby. The building has an asymmetric façade with multiple protrusions and an interesting stone rustication on the lower levels. On the inside there are said to be beautiful stained-glass windows.



26. Apartment building on Krúdy Gyula utca 2

Antal Hofhauser, 1902-1903

The most beautiful part of this tamed Art Nouveau building is its entrance door.



27. Gellérthegy Studio House

Mányoki ut 1 / Kelenhegyi út 12-14, Gellérthegy
Gyula Kosztolányi Kann, 1902-1903

This is an unexpected Secessionist building behind the Gellért Baths.



28. Svábhegy Communal Elementary School

Diana utca 4, Svábhegy
Jenő Orbán, 1902-1903

This school now bears the name of Mór Jókai, a famous Hungarian writer.



29. Bedő House

Honvéd utca 3, Lipótváros
Emil Vidor, 1903

This beautiful building, originally the home of Bela Bedő, is one of the most famous designs of Emil Vidor. He got his inspiration from the works of comtemporary Belgian and French architects, such as Victor Horta and Paul Hankar. The ground-floor openings have exquisite bug-shaped woodcuts, which were the reason why I always thought that bedő means a bee in Hungarian.

The House of Hungarian Art Nouveau now operates in the building, displaying contemporary furniture, decorative objects, paintings, and instruments.





30. Gránátalma Patika

Frankel Leó út 17-19, Felhévíz
1903 or later

The Pomegranate Pharmacy, located in a side wing of a hospital near the Lukács Baths, is one of the most beautiful pharmacies that I have ever visited. It has Neo-Gothic wooden furniture and a colourful Art Nouveau ceiling.



31. Institute for the Blind

Ajtósi Dürer sor 39, Istvánmező
Sándor Baumgarten & Zsigmond Herczegh, 1899-1904

Sándor Baumgarten and Zsigmond Herczegh, who designed several school buildings in the era, are also the authors of this Lechneresque building. The decisive motif on the façade is the elaborate brick framing around the windows. This, even though more plain, is also featured on the façade of the Erszébet Girls School, planned by the same architects and located right next door. The two buildings are joined together by a beautiful wrought-iron fence.

The interior of the building is richly ornamented and, considering that it was meant to be used by the blind and visually impaired, also pleasant to touch.


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32. Szedő House

Hajós utca 32, Terézváros
Béla Málnai & Miklós Román, 1903-1904

This building was recently renovated, and its white stucco decorations and colourful railings are now back in its former glory. It also has a beautiful staircase with stained-glass windows by Miksa Róth and porcelain landscapes produced at the Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture.



33. Buildings on Szinva utca 5-8

Tamás József, 1903-1904

These wonderful buildings are adorned with many omega-shaped motifs. These can be found above the entrance doors and ground-floor windows and, more notably, they determine the shape of the corner towers, which form an impressive gate to that section of the street.


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34. Sonnenberg House

Munkácsy Mihály utca 23, Terézváros
Albert Kálmán Kőrössy, 1904

This yellow building was constructed for merchant Imre Sonnenberg. Its cytoplasmic lines surrounding the openings make it for me the most erotic Art Nouveau building in Budapest. The stained glass is the work of Miksa Róth. It was originally a two-storey building.


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35. Railings of the Habsburg Gate

Szent György tér, Budavár
Gyula Jungfer, 1903-1905

The Neo-Baroque gate that separates Buda Castle and Sándor Palace has impressive Art Nouveau ironwork by Gyula Jungfer.



36. Schwarz House

Dob utca 53, Erzsébetváros
István Nagy Jr., 1904-1905

This building in the Jewish district of Budapest was clearly influenced by the works of Ödön Lechner.



37. Gonda House

Práter utca 9, Józsefváros
Albert Kálmán Kőrössy, 1904-1905

This building is a typical example of Hungarian Secession. It got its name from Dr. Dezső Gonda, a lawyer who lived here with his wife.



38. House of Zsigmond Vidor

Városligeti fasor 33, Terézváros
Emil Vidor, 1904-1905

This building was designed by the architect for his father. He also designed an office for himself in the basement but didn’t use it eventually. On the façade, influences of both Art Nouveau and Heimastil can be read.




39. Dozzi Villa

Májusfa utca 5 / Koronafürt utca 31, Mátyásföld
József Paulheim, 1905

This villa was built for Giuseppe Dozzi, a well-known salami producer at the turn of the century. Its architect was József Paulheim, who designed several other structures in Ómátyásföld. The Dozzi Villa is clearly the most impressive of these, worth the long journey from the downtown of Budapest. It has one of the most profusely decorated façades in Budapest, with abundant floral motifs and peacocks in stucco and even beautifully ornamented gutters. In 2012 it was renovated and expanded with an attic and an underground garage.





40. Apartment building on Belgrád rakpart 17

Ernő Balázs, 1905

This cute little Secessionist building is located across the Danube opposite the Gellért Hill on the Pest side of the city.


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