Márer House

Name of the building: Márer House
Town, location: 109 Tisza Lajos Boulevard, Szeged
GPS coordinates: N 46.2460, E 20.1489
Date of construction: 1911
Stylistical characteristics: Art Nouveau
Architect: László Tóbiás (1883–?), Móric Pick (1883–1945)
Builder: Ármin Márer, grain trader
Monument classification: Under monument protection.

The original function of the building

Changes

Its original, paprika mill function was altered during the construction, and finally, it was put to use as a residential real estate. In 1941, an emergency shelter, in 1950-1951, a cooperative shoe workshop was located in it. Later, the Central Library of the Szent-Györgyi Albert Medical University, and then the Dean’s Office were moved into the villa. The building with its spectacular facade formation, peculiar formal solutions, reflecting the Art Nouveau style and taste. In 2008, a memorial room dedicated to the life of Albert Szent-Györgyi was established in the building.

Description and qualities of the building

Owing to the playfulness, extravagant animation and asymmetry of the facade, this beautifully renovated building is a unique example of the geometric Art Nouveau. Our look can wander on the fascinating play of the robust forms of the facade as the bay windows are accompanied with loggia risalits, a bastion like corner turret, and further up, frontispieces interrupted with windows and pinnacles. The sculptural facade elements leaning on each other are indeed arranged by the horizontal and vertical sections alternating in an irregular rhythm on the facade. Embraced by the large forms, we can find bizarre masks, owl eyes, finely laced and geometric plaster ornaments created in a grotesque style. The masterly executed gate with its iron hinge and wrought iron bars is especially marvellous.

References

Nagy Zoltán, A szecessziós építészet Szegeden, Szeged története 3/1, Szeged, 1991.

Csongrád megye építészeti emlékei, Szeged, 2000, O. Csegezi Mónika szócikke

Bagyinszki Zoltán – Gerle János, Alföldi szecesszió, /Art Nouveau in the Alföld Debrecen, 2008.