Interiors of the Club of Erzsébetváros, 1905
Budapest, VII. Rákóczi út 28.

Béla Lajta was one of founders of the bourgeois-middle class club called ’Club of Erzsébetváros’ (‘Erzsébetvárosi Kaszinó’), which he also served as arts advisor. His brother, Lipót was one of the leading figures of the Casino, while the association’s cashier was Marcell Káldor, who later became Lajta’s father-in-law. The two gaming rooms, the restaurant and the lounge that comprised the premises of the Casino were converted from apartments at 28 Rákóczi Street according to Lajta’s plans.Similarly to the Hercegprímás Street gateway of ’Sándor Schmidl and Son’s Shop of Exotic Goods’ designed at the same time, the interior suggests a severe taste with no historical references and follows the contemporary geometric style of Viennese Secession.

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Planning drawings

BFL_XV_17_d_329_34539_5

Period photos

Budapesti Újságírók Egyesülete Almanachja 1908-ra. Bp., 1907. 486. p.Budapesti Újságírók Egyesülete Almanachja 1908-ra. Bp., 1907. 487. p.

Written sources

BFL_IV_1407_b III 1402/1905BFL_IV_1407_b III 11/1906

Press material

Budapesti Újságírók Egyesületének Almanachja 1908-ra. Bp., 1907.Budapesti Újságírók Egyesületének Almanachja 1908-ra. Bp., 1907.Gúthi Imre: Fővárosi Almanach 1910-1912. Bp., 1910. 553. p.Gúthi Imre: Fővárosi Almanach 1910-1912. Bp., 1910. 554. p.Gúthi Imre: Fővárosi Almanach 1913-1915. Bp., 1913. 554. p. CXLVIII. p.
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