The House of Hungarian Art Nouveau, Budapest, Hungary

Emil Vido
Date Built
Honvéd u.3
This building on Honvéd ut, in central Budapest, is today home to the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau (Magyar Szecesszió Háza).  The name over the entrance is "Bedő Ház" which reveals its history because it was designed by Emil Vido for Béla Bedö, the wealthy Hungarian factory owner.  When it was completed in 1903, it incorporated a ground floor apartment for the Bedő family, as well as office space for his business and, apparently, accommodation for some of his employees.

Over the years the building has survived through a variety of tumultuous events but not without falling into disrepair and suffering architectural insults.  The original peacock tail arched wooden portal had been removed and replaced by a number of unattractive square windows.  In recent years the building has undergone extensive restoration that has seen the return of the peacock tail portal and it has become a place of homage to all things Art Nouveau.  The ground floor is today occupied by the Art Nouveau Café where patrons can sit in Nouveau splenour whilst enjoying their coffee and pastries.

The "Budapest Architect" website says of Vido that he was educated in Budapest, Munich and Berlin and that in the early part of his career he collaborated with Miklós Ybl, the architect of St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest.  In 1894 Vido opened his own office in Budapest and, "In the years that followed Vidor designed buildings in various styles, mostly villas or other buildings for the upper-class. One of his clients for the design of several buildings was the brewery in Köbánya. Vidor's style shows, especially in the early years, similarities with those of the Belgian architect Victor Horta. Emil Vidor belonged to the most important, leading architects in the period 1900-1915 and designed in this period at least 25 buildings."

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