The concise biography of Béla Lajta

Béla Lajta was born on 23 January, 1873 in Pest, the fourth child of taylor Dávid Leitersdorfer and Teréz Ungár. 1883–1891 Studies at the secondary school of the 4th District of Budapest, where his form teacher is...Read more...

Documents on the Leitersdorfer family

From among the forbears of Béla Lajta it is his grandfather Mózes (Móric) Leitersdorfer whose life can be retraced in contemporary documents. He was a tailor in the Terézváros district of Pest in the 1830s...Read more...

Documents on the private and public life of Béla Lajta

Documents on his studies, his private life, his role in social and professional associations Read more...

Texts by Béla Lajta

His two published studies treat the architecture of Ödön Lechner and the ‘Art of the Cemetery”. Read more...

Correspondence of Béla Lajta

The most important surviving part of his correspondence are the letters Lajta sent to his former form teacher Frigyes Riedl during his European study tours in the years 1896-1899. Read more...

Portraits of Béla Lajta

All the known portrait photos of the architect are reproduced here. Read more...

Béla Lajta's photo-collection

After he had graduated from the Budapest Technical University, Béla Lajta decided to follow the example of generations of past architects, seeking to deepen his knowledge in architectural history on a study trip to Italy....Read more...

Objects from the collection of Béla Lajta

The folk art exhibition organised by the Hungarian Society of Applied Arts in 1908 featured a number of items from Béla Lajta’s personal collection – three washing mallets among them. These items are closely connected...Read more...

Texts on Béla Lajta

Texts on the architecture of Béla Lajta that have appeared during his lifetime, or shortly after his death. Read more...