Construită după planurile arhitecților Marczell Komor și Dezső Jakab
Discount Bank (Max Steiner Palace) in Union Square
Discount Bank (Max Steiner Palace) in Union Square

One of the most beloved buildings in Timisoara, the Palace of the Discount Bank in Union Square, was built according to the plans of the architects Marczell Komor and Dezső Jakab in the style of the Hungarian Secession, in 1909.

Among the emblematic buildings of the city we have to mention the Palace of the De Scont Bank or the Palace of Miksa (Max) Steiner, a building located in the southwest corner of Union Square. One of the most beloved buildings in Timisoara, the Palace of the De Scont Bank was built according to the plans of architects Marczell Komor and Dezső Jakab in the style of the Hungarian Secession.

The palace is named after its sponsor, the spodium maker Max Steiner. The building was completed in the summer of 1909, being designed as a report building. The owner of the palace, Miksa Steiner, also owned another spectacular building in the Fabric, also available for rent.

Zsolnay glazed ceramic ornaments and national decorative motifs frame the building in the above-mentioned current Hungarian-style Secession.

The existing ornamentation on the facade of the building indicates the initial destination of the building, a bank. Symbols such as beehives, which are represented on the pediment of the building and above the access door, suggest the banking function of the building.

The De Scont Bank of Southern Hungary, a banking institution established in 1906, operated in the Miksa Steiner Palace during the pre-war period.

Recently restored, the Palace of the De Scont Bank is one of the most beloved buildings in Timisoara, being a representative element of the local Secession.

Bibliography:

  1. https://heritageoftimisoara.ro/cladiri/Cetate/adresa/Gheorghe+Laz%C4%83r/1  site accessed in May 2021.
  2. Josef Geml, Vechea Timișoară în ultima jumătate de secol 1870-1920,, Editura Cosmopolitan Art, Timișoara, 2016, pp. 308-309.
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Discount Bank (Max Steiner Palace) in Union Square

Robert Șerban

a child is writing away

finger in the air

line after line

down to the bottom

close to the grass

sits down

turns his head and smiles at me

 

don’t stop

I tell him

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with an irritated lisp

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June 2022

“Our winter journey also takes us to Timişoara, so close to our hearts from the years of all possibilities. In the first days of February, the snow that had been falling endlessly for a few weeks, after frosts of twenty five degrees below zero, suddenly started to melt; the sidewalks are bordered by muddy streams flowing down the streets, ending up in swamps at larger crossings... Everything seems dirty from the melting snow, but very fresh and sunny in our recollections. Along this canal, there used to be parks drenched in scents and colour, bordered on the other side by a boulevard so proud for those times, which seemed, under the oblique twilight rays, an implausible Seine, and it was just the Bega river. Everywhere there were flowers and young girls dressed in white, who were coming and going with their tennis rackets from and to the nets scattered all over the city like white doves... It was my compensation for the student years dreamed of in Heidelberg.” (Camil Petrescu, Three Springs, Timișoara, Facla Publishing House, 1975, p. 250)

În vara anului 2022 am venit la Timișoara cu o prietenă pentru a vizita frumosul oraș plin de istorie. Plimbându-ne am ajuns în Piața Unirii unde se găsește o clădire foarte interesantă a cărei culoare poate fi ușor derutantă. Din depărtare am văzut o clădire albă, Banca de Scont (Palatul Max Steiner). Prietena mea a văzut și ea clădirea, dar a menționat faptul că aceasta nu este albă, ci este de culoare albastru deschis, aceasta fiind culoarea pe care ea a văzut-o în urmă cu câteva luni. Am decis să ne îndreptăm spre clădire pentru a putea analiza mai bine culoarea. Ajunse acolo, prietena mea a realizat și ea că Banca de Scont era albă, însă îmi explica că în urmă cu câteva luni clădirea era albastră. Totuși eu nu am crezut-o fiindcă știam că nu au mai fost făcute recent renovări. Un bătrân ne-a auzit discuția și zâmbind ne-a zis că amândouă avem dreptate. Acesta ne-a explicat că nuanța se schimbă în funcție de lumina în care este scăldată clădirea. Astfel, clădirea devine albă, bleu sau liliachie, iar secretul constă în vopselurile folosite care prin elementele din compoziția lor dau acest efect spectaculos. I-am mulțumit pentru explicație și am continuat plimbarea cu prietena mea pentru a afla și alte secrete ale clădirilor din Timișoara.

Andreea D.

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