House History

Oprea Soare Manor is one of the buildings that still keeps alive the atmosphere of the old Bucharest through its authentic architecture. The neo-Romanian style construction marks a moment of apogee in the creation of Petre Antonescu, a distinguished representative of the architectural group that took this style of synthesis to the heights of its artistic expression. Petre Antonescu was the personality that dominated the architectural activity in Romania in the first part of the mid-20th century.

Many of the décor elements have been preserved to this day at the Han. They offer an interwar atmosphere to our guests and retain a noble, bohemian air. The Oprea Soare Manor is part of the ”private buildings that have proven it is too good to create a national civil architecture that fully meets the requirements of modern life: light hygiene and comfort”.

The interior decoration was generous, with the walls clad in carved and lacquered wood, painted with floral motifs, and the designs of the stained glass windows marked the destination of every room. The mirrors, the marble, and the fireplace carved in stone were the expression of refinement and good taste. Around the central hall on the ground floor were arranged the vestibule, the library, the living room, the drawing room, the dining room with the adjoining offices, as well as the bedrooms for parents and children, with toilets. On the mezzanine floor were the company’s offices. Here, the rooms had simpler ornamentation. Upstairs were other children’s rooms designated for studying, bedrooms for guests, service rooms, and annexes.

In addition, the building hosted the family of one of the most famous merchants of the time, Dumitru Oprea Soare. He inherited the building following a deed of division from his aristocratic family. The building had a mixed function- housing and private enterprise headquarters, and an almost square shape so that each of its sides could from an open façade to Apolodor, Col. Poenaru Bordea, and Sf. Apostoli streets.