Hidden secrets of the Constanţa travel icon
The leader of the Association of Former Political Prisoners from Constanţa, Paul Andreescu, says that several such messages are hidden in the walls of the Casino, put in jars. Written on any kind of material that will withstand the weather, without disintegrating in the plaster, scribbled for fear of being seen by the guards, the messages are now sought by the descendants of the detainees, but also by the specialists who repair the Casino. The news of finding this first message disturbed the daughter of a political prisoner who survived the detention but is no longer alive.
The woman wants to come to Constanţa, to indicate other hidden places where there are messages – as her father told her. Architect Cornescu was more than happy to get in touch with the daughter of an old worker to restore the beauty of the Casino. Together they will look for the secrets hidden by the political detainees set to build their freedom, but also their hope, in the walls of the symbol of Constanţa travel icon.
The ticket found on the wall is now in the possession of experts. “I spent a period of study and findings with these experts with my spouses Angela Horvath and Răzvan Gavrilă, especially regarding the various carpentry (wooden or metal doors and windows), as well as about the windows and stained glass windows. at the Casino. I found that almost all of them need to be replaced with elements that have the original shape and material. We were most advised about the window-shell symmetrical with the one from the Aquarium. We had a second meeting with the two experts, at the Queen Elizabeth Restaurant, across from the Casino.
The casino in Constanţa was severely affected by the Russian bombings from the Second World War that targeted the Port of Constanţa. The peninsular area near the Casino seafront was ruined. This is how the monumental houses of Constanţa (Manissalian Palace) disappeared, this is how the Archbishop’s Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul was almost destroyed.
In 1951, the Casino was rebuilt, with specialists at hand, in communist prisons. The architect Cornescu likens the Casino of Constanţa to the famous Château d’If, a fortress-prison built between 1524 and 1531, on an island off the waters of Marseilles, where, over time, victims of the Inquisition were imprisoned, anti- royalists or revolutionaries. “From the 100 people in detention for the renovation of the Casino, the coordinators of the special team were chosen – the first was the architect Constantin Joja (in the first months of work), followed by the architect Ion Cristodulo (until the repairs were completed). They were supported by the engineer Ion Mărăşescu, the scenographer Mircea Marosin and the poet Ion Omescu.
Constanţa travel icon will be restored
The Government has re-approved the technical and economic indicators for the consolidation and restoration of the Constanta Casino, with the National Investment Company. Their total value is over 111 million lei and the duration is estimated at 30 months.
The Romanian government reappointed the technical and economic indicators for strengthening and restoring the Constanta Casino, the ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration announced on Wednesday.
The estimated duration of the project is 30 months (3 months design phase and 27 months execution).
The works will be carried out by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP) through the National Investment Company (CNI) and the total estimated value of the investment is 111,553,449.35 lei (VAT included).
With regard to the documentation initially endorsed in 2015, the main changes concern:
• Functional reconfiguration and adaptation of the interior and exterior spaces to the new functions proposed by the design theme, representative of the social-cultural life of the city and for an “A” category monument of exceptional architectural and historical value;
• adapting architectural, structural and installation projects to the new proposed functions, taking into account the updating of the expertise and studies at this design phase;
• revision of architectural and artistic components documentation (mural painting, stucco-marble, polychrome stucco, metal and stained glass) to adequately treat the degradation occurring between 2014 and 2018;
• updating the design norms and the legislation in the field, “the Ministry of Development specifies.
“Today we have committed ourselves to being rehabilitated by this emblematic objective of Romania and I am convinced that we will be able to accomplish this project, which is highly expected by all Romanians,” said Deputy Prime Minister Vasile Daniel Suciu.
Thus, consolidation and restoration works (building S + P + 1E + M, partial bridge and access ramp to the basement) and the exterior ones (terraced platform rehabilitation, utilities networks, defence wall and railing) are proposed.
The main changes to the documentation endorsed in 2015 refer to: functional reconfiguration and adaptation of interior and exterior spaces to the new functions proposed by the design theme, representative of the social and cultural life of the city and of an architectural and architectural monument of “A” category exceptional history; adapting architectural, structural and installation projects to the new proposed functions, taking into account the updating of the expertise and studies at this design phase;review of architectural and artistic components (mural, stucco-marble, polychromatic stucco, metal and stained glass) to adequately address the degradation occurring between 2014 and 2018; updating the design norms and legislation in the field.
Following the consolidation and restoration work, the casino will be relayed to the public circuit and the most important Art Nouveau building will be highlighted.
The casino will host cultural events, symposiums, exhibitions, a 200-seat multipurpose hall and a 150-seat festive hall.
The Constanta travel icon passed almost four years ago from the municipality to the National Investment Company to be restored, and since then the three organized auctions have been challenged and finally canceled.
The building entered last year’s list of the seven most endangered sites in Europe.
The footbridge from the Casino – Mamaia area
The old footbridge at the Casino in Mamaia, considered a historical monument, could remain in the resort for many years to come. One way or another, it will be preserved, even after the beach is rehabilitated. Three variants are proposed for the restoration of the dam.
The Dobrogea-Litoral Water Basin Administration proposed to the Ministry of Culture three options for conserving the footbridge in the Mamaia Casino area offered by the contractor of the works on Lot 2 Mamaia – SC Boskalis SRL within the European project “Coastal erosion reduction, Phase II (2014-2020 ) ”Co-financed by the Large Infrastructure Operational Program (POIM) 2014 – 2020.
One of the three options proposed by the contractor to the beneficiary – ABADL, for the conservation of the Casino de la Mamaia walkway, is the partial coverage of the sand structure, which studies show that it will have the lowest overall impact. In this variant, the monument will remain preserved, except for the uncovered part that will degrade over time if it is not restored. This is the ideal option if the competent authorities, the monument being owned by Litoral SA – a bankrupt company, will not quickly take measures to rehabilitate and enhance the monument.