Save the Bucharest home of Dinu Lipatti from the bulldozers
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A vital cultural monument in Bucharest is at imminent risk of development or demolition. We call upon the Romanian Ministry of Culture to step in and protect this historic building.
The great pianist Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950) overcame unimaginable hardships and suffering to leave music-lovers a few hours of glorious recordings, which remain unsurpassed - and bestselling - 66 years later.
The Lipatti family home in the centre of Bucharest at 12 Boulevard Lascar Catargiu is an architectural gem, built in 1900 by Dinu's grandfather. Its survival is a double miracle: unharmed by the 1977 earthquake, then spared by Ceausescu when the boulevard was redeveloped.
The house would make a magnificent small museum, to honour this great and revered musician, and to draw international admirers to Bucharest. The city is culturally resplendent, with concert halls and galleries - there is even an Enescu Museum - but nothing to celebrate Romania's greatest cultural icon, Dinu Lipatti.
- The first step is to ensure the building is saved. It is currently up for sale, allegedly entangled in lawsuits, at an inflated price - apparently calculated not on the value of the house, but as a site for redevelopment.
- The Romanian Ministry of Culture and Bucharest City Authority must exercise their powers and act immediately to prevent the property being wrecked or bulldozed - a fate which befell a property across the street, despite protestors chaining themselves to the gates.
- To ensure the continuing survival of this monument, we call on the Ministry of Culture to launch a consultation into the creation of a Lipatti Museum on the site, involving sponsorship if necessary or appropriate, which would bring massive cultural and financial benefits to Bucharest.
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