Beogradska 1

The two-story residential and commercial building was built on a plot of land between Beogradska Street and Prota Mihaldžić Street. The base of the building occupies two-thirds of the plot, while on the remaining part, towards Prote Mihaldžića Street, on the site of the former ground-floor building, a new two-story building was interpolated at the end of the nineties of the 20th century. With their construction, the communication that existed between the opposite sides of the block was abolished, the wide entrance of the passage through the courtyard part of the building was walled up, and the shaped rear facade of the building was obscured. The basis of the construction complex is an elongated rectangle with a small inner courtyard formed by the street and courtyard parts with the eastern wing connecting them. The main entrance is from Beogradska Street.

To the right of the entrance is a bar, while the one on the left has been converted into living space. In the middle of the base there is a corridor from which you can enter the living rooms on the ground floor. The corridor is vaulted with a semi-circular vault with a series of regularly spaced vaulted branches.

In the semi-circular niche in the eastern wall, there is a walled well with preserved remains of a mechanism for collecting water.

On the same side, in the extension, is a two-legged staircase to the first floor. The second staircase is located on the opposite side, in the courtyard part of the building. The layout of the rooms is the same on the ground floor and on the first floor. The basement is located under a large part of the base of the building, from which, according to the tenants, there are underground connections to the buildings of the military hospital complex in the adjacent building block. It is vaulted with half-shaped vaults and is inaccessible due to the presence of water.

The rooms on the ground floor of the street part of the building, as well as the corridor on the first floor, are under semi-shaped vaults with vaulted branches, while the rooms on the ground floor of the courtyard part are under vaulted vaults. The attic space above the street part of the building was converted into a living space and attached to the apartments on the first floor, where the part of the attic towards the courtyard, built in the mid-nineties of the 20th century, was built with a raised and changed slope of the roof plane. The building is built of brick, plastered and painted. The roof is complex, on the street and courtyard part on two sides, and on the east wing on one side, covered with pepper tiles.

The house originates from the 18th century, as indicated by the characteristic layout and functional organization of the rooms, the design of the arches of the inter-floor constructions and the stone consoles of the communication balconies, the wrought iron details applied, as well as the preserved fragments of the original decorative elements on the facade. It got its present appearance in the reconstruction carried out in 1919, which is recorded in the sheet metal vignette placed on the roof level above the gutter (initials and year “AW 1919”).

Then the main facade towards Beogradska Street was lined with clinker bricks, and the authentic plastic decoration was replaced, except for the surface of the frieze under the attic cornice.

The street facade has an accentuated plinth, mezzanine and attic cornice, with four opening axes at unequal distances between floors. On the ground floor, there is an entrance door, the portal of the shop on the right and two windows on the left, of which the one closer to the entrance was taken from the former portal of the business premises. An authentic basement opening in a stone frame has been preserved inside the plinth. The openings on the first floor are in a profiled plaster frame with accentuated corners, interconnected by a cornice below which empty parapet fields are framed.

On the first floor, there are four rectangular windows, two of which are kibic-fenster type of windows.

The inner facade of the courtyard building on the first floor has two wider, segmentally finished openings, probably the former opening of the porch. The outer facade, now hidden, has four axes of window openings in a simple plaster frame, with shallow mullions in between. On the ground floor, there is a wide, segmentally finished portal on the left side, today bricked up, and two window openings on the right side.

The realisation of this site was supported by the Administration for Culture of the City of Novi Sad

The sources and materials of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of the City of Novi Sad were used for the realization of this website

The Old Core of Novi Sad was declared a cultural asset, by the decision on establishing it as a spatial cultural-historical unit – 05 no. 633-151/2008 of January 17, 2008, “Sl. gazette of the Republic of Serbia” no. 07/2008.

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