Photographer's Note

The Ungar Mayer Palace situated on Kárász utca 16 is a corner apartment building on Dugonics Square. Its facade is dominated by onion-shaped cupolas or “turrets” with beautiful, decorative tin-work. The corner cupola is the main feature of the building with tin women seemingly guarding the house.

This corner building dominantly shaping the cityscape is a masterpiece of the late Art Nouveau in Szeged. Its capriciously animated facades can be attributed to the architect’s imagination forced to distance himself from Art Nouveau and to the designer’s sober intuition under the pressure to return to Eclecticism. Ede Magyar’s adoration towards Art Nouveau manifests itself in the height of the cornice and the level of roofing. We can see ornamented gables, onion cupola or war hammer shaped turrets, or even an ‘observatory’ happens to be here as well, whereas, beak-heads decorate the roof ridges. These are splendid tinworks of outstanding beauty executed with Art Nouveau taste. In the formation of the brilliant corner cupola, the most dominant element of the building, a true masterpiece unfolds itself. “The vast cupola like corner turret is the most beautiful part of the building, which finishes in a bouquet of flowers and is guarded by the girl figures of the Tábor Street gateway, just like tin sculptures. We can inevitably say that this is calm, gentle, dreamlike and bizarre at the same time”. (Tibor Bakonyi) The Art Nouveau decorating zest coupled with an upper class taste has been preserved in the main staircase of this apartment building and in the temperate elegance of its courtyard galleries. The reinforced concrete structure of the building, which was considered very innovative in the period, is revealed here. Here operated the Korzó Café with its spacious rooms for a long time. The wonderful Art Nouveau ornamental plaster work with peculiar colouring on the ceiling, in one of the rooms shows the atmosphere of the once magnificent interior.

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  • Copyright: Piotr FG (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5652 W: 2 N: 11184] (52512)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-09-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2019-12-30 14:58
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Additional Photos by Piotr FG (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5652 W: 2 N: 11184] (52512)
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