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Prefacture (1964-1970): a perfectly square building

Photo: Iasi County Council Archive


Perfectly square

The square house was designed by architect Nicolae Vericeanu in 1964, as the headquarters of the representatives of the Communist Party. The administrative headquarters has a square shape with an interior courtyard.

The reason for its square shape lies in its location. Entirely surrounded by streets as well as important historical monuments, the building needed four “main facades”. In fact, the architect explained: “I could not design a building with a ‘back’ in that location”. Among the neighbouring buildings include the Three Hierarchs Church and the famous Palace of Culture.

Today the building is the property of the Prefecture, hosting several institutions: the Prefecture, the County Council and the Culture and Statistics offices.