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Before the year 1858: On the estate where the current city of Ștefănești, Argeș county was built, estate which had reverted to Ion C. Brătianu, inherited from his father Dincă, he had built a simple house of 4 rooms and a cellar. It is in this house that brothers Dumitru and Ion C. Brătianu spent their childhood.

 

1858: Ion C. Brătianu decides to turn his father’s old dwelling into a new building, by adding a floor and an open terrace; the process of raising the house lasted several years and went through several stages until 1872.  

 

1889-1925: It is a long period of time during which Ion I.C. Brătianu redisposes differently, with the support of important architects (the main builder was architect Petre Antonescu), the inner and outer space of the house, by enlarging and arranging it and so on. For instance, upstairs were built a fencing hall, a pool hall and a ball hall, as well as other dwelling spaces, meant for Pia and Ion C. Brătianu: a small hall, an office, a room. Downstairs in the centre was foreseen an arts hall framed by a small hall, an office, a buffet, a dining room with way out to the park, Ion C. Brătianu’s room turned into a library. Other rooms were built for different purposes: the milk room, the bathroom, the Turkish room, the pantry, the cellar. The building of a kitchen and a servants’room was in contemplation. The living room was meant to be turned into a ”glass room”. Under the terrace, at the entrance, a servants’room was going to be built. At the end of this period was built the second floor, an attic rather than a floor.

 

1905-1912: The building was modified entirely based on the plans made by architect Petre Antonescu, according to the neo-Romanian style of the mansion.

 

1912-1915: Two auxiliary buildings were rebuilt in a modern shape, according to architect Petre Antonescu’s designs: the Castle in the park and the ancient ”outhouses”. Nowadays these buildings include the ancient wine research station from Ștefănești.

 

1898: On Brătianu family’s initiative, in the proximity of their mansion is built a church dedicated to the ”Birth of Saint John the Baptist”. The cultural place will become throughout time the tomb of Brătianu family members. It was the work of the French architect Emile André Lecomte du Noüy.

 

April 1927: The Romanian politician Constantin Argetoianu who visits Florica for the first time give a very eloquent characterization on the whole of the evolution of the mansion in Florica from its beginnings till the moment when it acquired the appearance it still has nowadays: ”The old native home whose rooms were kept with affectionate devotion, with the same furniture from the old people times, was modernized by adding other rooms, in the front, in the back, on the side and up. The suggestive enlargements around the welcoming core give the entire building a sui generis appearance, where the past memories, the economical mending and the tendencies of a plutocrat comfort shake hands”.

 

October 14th, 1925: Upon Ion I.C. Bratianu, the photo workshops Julietta and Kingsberg in Bucharest made a photographic report on the buildings at Florica and the surroundings of the mansion.   

 

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