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Gresham Palota - Gresham Palace
The palace is a fine example of Hungarian Art Nouveau architecture the building was commissioned by Gresham Insurance Brokers of London to local architect Zsigmond Quittner. The work began in 1904 and was completed in 1906; the building has a smooth frontage with a curved roof-line, bay windows and pilasters. The palace is now owned by an Irish company, Quinlan Private, and houses the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel.
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Gresham Palace is an exquisite example of neo-classical architecture - and one that you can stay in, if you have the appropriate funds. The building was originally constructed in 1827, but redone in the early 1900s when London-based Gresham Insurance bought it. It was redone in neo-Classical style. It fell into disuse after WWII, when it was used as an apartment building by the Communist government, but was purchased by an Irish company in the 1990s and converted to a hotel run by Four Seasons. A beautiful building, and one that most people will have to admire from the outside rather than the inside.
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Now housing the Four Seasons hotel this beautiful building is a great example of Secession design and was built in 1905 by Zsigmond Quittner and the Vágó brothers. You can find inside some beautiful ironwork, namely the Two Peacoks.
Have a look in the Four Seasons Gresham Palace
If you pass by there, you should really have a look in the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel, located in the Gresham Palace. It is a fantastic building of about 100 years old and restored between 2002 and 2004. It's an absolute art nouveau gem. Would love to stay there one day.
The Gresham Palace
The Gresham Palace was built on plans of Zsigmond Quittner in 1907, in secessionist style for the Gresham Insurance Company. There was once a famous Caffe-shop on the the first floor. In the second world war also this Palace suffered-fortunately reparable-damages, but the recontruction was frugal. That`s why at the begining of the `90-s the Palace was already in a pretty bad shape. Than came the international Hotel-chain, Four seasons, wich in a very scandalous and corrupt transaction-wich involved a latter (now former) prime minister- bought it. The reconstruction that finished in 2002, this time was perfect, and the Palace has become the only 6 star hotel in Hungary.
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The seat of the former Gresham Insurance Company is among the most splendid palaces in Budapest, a masterpiece of Hungarian secession style. This palace, built to the plans of Zsigmond Quittner and József Vágó in 1907, has been refurbished as a luxury hotel. An international invitation to tender for the building put out in England was won by Zsigmond Quittner, a leading Hungarian historicist architect who had designed many other Budapest buildings. Based on his ideas, the office and housing complex was finished between 1905 and 1907. With its rich beauty and animated facade, it has the qualities of a sculptural work of art. The architect's colleagues, the artists who dreamt up the rich sculptural ornaments, the stained glass windows, the mosaics, the wrought iron railings and the famous peacock-gate were all the most distinguished of the era. The square also gained its current crescent shape thanks to Quittner's conception; it stretches from the Academy (Akadémia) up to the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd). One of the largest apartment buildings in the Budapest of its day it covered 12,000 square meter. Its three staircases opened from a glass-covered passage, and its unique tiles were made in the Zsolnay Ceramics Factory. Its shopping arcade is an architectural rarity as it is the oldest intact covered shopping street in Budapest. A self-assured English gentleman has been watching the traffic from the facade of this Palace standing at the end of the span of the Chain Bridge for nearly a hundred years. Sir Thomas Gresham, who established the London stock market in 1566, is the eponym of the Gresham Insurance Company which was based in England and operated by his descendants.
When you arrive to Roosevelt Ter, one of the first things that you can see is this nice building. It is in Magyar 19th century style and it was built by Zsigmond Quittner in 1907 as the general district of the English Insurance Gresham.
The 'Gresham palace' from architect Zsigmond quittner
is one of those buildings that ask for some
It is a bit Jugendstil and a bit Baroque and
the combination looks special. It is more elegant
then the Géllert hotel.
The name of the building is from an English
insurance company. You can see Nicolas Gresham
portrayed in gold on the facade.
This banker was alos the founder of the
bourse in London.. The building was when it opened
in 1907 a very modern building. Since it had
elevators and central heating.
The coffee house that once was located here
is no longer.
Gresham Palace - A unique Art Nouveau masterpiece
After a Chain Bridge tour, arriving to the Pest side, walk across Roosevelt square and pop in to the Gresham Palace (4 Seasons hotel).
The building has been finished just now and it was rebuilt in it's original state with beautiful stained glass windows inside, nice tiles on the ground and an amazing chandelier in the main hall.
Also known today as Four Seasons hotel, it is one of Budapests most special and elegant neo-classic style buildings.
It was first built in 1827 and was called Nako House, in 1880 it became the possession of the Gresham Life Assurance Company that was a British company. In 1903 the company decided to rebuild the building and Nako House was demolished and the actual Palace was built instesd, after designs of Zsigmond Quittner. The palace used to be the home of soviet troops during WWII and it was a private apartment building during the communism and all that left it neglectecd and ruined. After the fall of the communism the Hungarian government transferred the ownership over the palace and in 1999 it was decided that the palace will locate the Four Seasons hotel in Budapest.
The palace situated i a lovely place, it is facing the amazing Chain bridge in the side of Pest. The building has amazing arcihtecture with wonderful sculptures on it, you can spend a few minouts just watching this beautiful work and enjoy of it... i never been inside but i guess that because its hotel it must have some cafes or restaurants.
Maybe it looks a bit scary at night, but it's a real beauty during the day.It was buildt in 1907 in Art Nouveau style and now this is one of the Four Season's hotels.
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