The Balabanov House is a representative for the development of the symmetrical Plovdiv house and is one of the most lavish examples of a house whose spatial composition is characterized by the equal role of two perpendicular axes, the one of the ground floor and the one of the 1st floor. It is also characterized by the exclusively rich elaboration of the architectural detail, of plastic and flat ornamentation. This pattern transcends the pure residential function and is similar to the features of a public building.
The house was built in the early 19th century and had three owners. Today the house bears the name of its last owner, the tradesman Luka Balabanov. The houses's dimensions are impressive, it has 546 m2; of built area.
This house was unfortunately demolished in the 30es of the 20th c. and was reconstructed in the 70es, based on photographic material and schemes, and under the guidance of renowned Plovdiv architects.
At present, the ground floor features a permanent exhibition of modern Bulgarian art. The second floor, once having served for inviting guests, exhibits Revival period interior and serves as a popular venue for the holding of cultural events - chamber music concerts, theatre performances, meetings etc. The traditional "Balabanov House Music Days" festival, with its spring and autumn editions, has been organized here for several years, bringing more dynamism to the museum house.
There are two halls in the basement area, serving for the organization of temporary art exhibitions.
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