Hanul Arborele Verde
The “Green Tree” Inn
  • Architecture – Secession vienez
  • Built – 1910-1911
  • Architect – Lázsló şi József Vágó

The building bearing this title dates from the 1760s. It was modified and extended several times. Building stages were registered in the years 1836, 1885, 1895 and finally and most importantly, 1908.

Initially belonging to the Roman-Catholic Episcopal Chapter, the “Green Tree” Inn was merely comprised of a tavern, a coffee-house and two living quarters. What is interesting is its destination, because between the years 1760 and 1836, it registers both as an inn and as a residence and the Chapter’s residence and prison. Engulfed in the 1836 fire, the building is remade on the old walls, also being extended. We know this from an 1877 document which reports that the Inn was comprised of a coffee shop, a brewery, a tavern, a large hall (destination unmentioned), nine shops and no less than 37 guest rooms. Eight years later, the establishment would become a certified class I hotel. A decade later, in 1895, the building goes through a new stage of renovation, and evidently, transformation.

The last great intervention on the building is performed in 1908. Now, the designers of the “Black Eagle” complex, with architect Sztarill Ferenc having the final word, buy the building and modify it substantially in order to harmonize it with the vision of the new ensemble. The building’s current appearance, its eclectic look, is completed at that time.

From the point of view of the observer with some notions of architectural knowledge, the division of the façade on Vasile Alecsandri Street into three well-individualized vertical sectors is easily observable. The central one, imposing when compared to the lateral ones, is topped off by pilasters ending in Doric capitals.