Casa Vernescu History
Casa Vernescu is one of these surprises, a place where the past and present meet in an exceptional destiny…
About Casa Vernescu
Casa Vernescu (also known as Vernescu House), is an impressive 19th Century building located in Calea Victoriei, which hosts the famous Palace Casino in Bucharest….
Dignified and full of mystery, the Vernescu House resisted the attempts of the time, remaining on the Mogosoaia Bridge, today’s Calea Victoriei, a landmark of Bucharest’s life ever since, and continues to captivate locals and tourists alike!
History of The Casa Vernescu
The story of the House of Vernescu unfolds centuries ago, and like any beautiful story, it hides a rich past combined with a lot of passion. It was originally built in 1821 by the Wallachian Filip Lenş, son of a nobleman of French origin, like any beautiful story, it hides a rich past and a lot of passion. The Palace was raised to be offered as a wedding gift to her bride, Lisaveta Balotescu-Carpinisanu. A year later, in 1822, the building fell prey to a devastating fire. However, the owner rebuilds the building, turning it into the most beautiful palace of those times in Bucharest.
Filip Lenş dies in 1853 during the Crimean War. In the following period, the house hosts the Military College, the Ministry of War and finally the General Staff of the Russian Army. Also, in this time, Lev Tolstoy, the great Russian writer, is among the visitors.
According to the testimonies around the time of building, the construction of Casa Vernescu is said to be one of the most beautiful constructions of the first quarter of the 19th century.
The building was rebuilt in 1882, and in 1886, heirs of Filip Lenş sell to Gheorghe "Guna" Dimitrie Vernescu (1829-1900), lawyer and politician, one of the founders of the Liberal Party. From this second owner, leaning towards art and beautiful, the house will inherit its name that will.
Vernescu aims to bring the building more glamor and elegance. Thus, between 1887 and 1889, he hired the great architect Ion Mincu to restore the villa to become the most impressive Palace on Calea Victoriei. In 1890, the paintings by George Demetrescu Mirea will complete the marble harmony with golden decorations, which feature the ceilings and walls, the stained glass and the massive mirrors.
After a carefully restored renovation, in the eclectic style specific to the epoch, Casa Vernescu is the ideal place for celebrated balls and monks. Despite the beauty, elegance and reputation of this villa, Vernescu had to sell it for financial reasons.
In 1995, Our Casino opened in Casa Vernescu. In 2000, the Romanian state established that the building was state property, however the normative act of 2000 ensured that the Writers union would get 49 years of free usage of the building.
Dignified and full of mystery, the Vernescu House resisted the attempts of the time, remaining on the Mogosoaia Bridge, today's Calea Victoriei, a landmark of Bucharest's life ever since and since.
Calea Victoriei (Surrounding Area)
The famous Casa Vernescu building is situated in Calea Victoriei, a major avenue which is situated in Bucharest. It is home to many other major buildings and monuments such as the National Museum of Romanian History and the Romanian Athenaeum. The road was named after the Romania’s victory in the 1877 – 1878 Independence war against the Ottoman Empire. You will also be able to find high-end boutiques and coffee shops along the street.
Also known as “Victoriei Avenue” Calea Victoriei is one of Bucharest’s oldest streets and arguably one of the most well-known. Its picturesque display of architectural styles recall the beauty of “Little Paris”, as Bucharest was known a century ago.
This main street of the capital city was first mentioned in documents dating back to the 16th century, but it was only towards the end of the 19th century that Calea Victoriei took its present shape and look. Fortunately almost untouched by the large-scale demolition and reconstruction program of the Communist era, Calea Victoriei ribbons between Victoriei Square in the North and Dambovita quay to the South (Natiunile Unite Square – United Nations Square).
Casa Vernescu Casino
Today, the Casa Vernescu is home to the Palace Casino. Operating since 1995, the Palace Casino is one of the finest casinos in Bucharest, offering a number of games including roulette, poker and blackjack, as well as no limit maximum bets and slot machines. Offering private rooms and more, the Palace Casino aims to offer a luxury betting experience.
Palace Casino Truly reflects both the spirit and culture of the magical. Designed to offer a truly amazing casino experience, the Palace Casino features over fourteen classic and contemporary table games; 6 American Roulette, 6 Blackjack card game tables, as well as different variations of Poker, 2 tables for Texas Hold’em, and a wide range of slot machines. To top it all off, guests can enjoy a stylish bar and lounge to relax.