Sgraffito on a dead wall of a residential building from the period between World War I & World War II

    1. Register Number: 3

    2. Address: 26 “Alabin” Str., “Triadica” District

    3. Coordinates:

      42.694834, 23.317515

    4. Artist/Architect: Damyan Nikolov

    5. Type of Site: Monumental Decoration

    6. Name: Sgraffito on a dead wall of a residential building from the period between World War I & World War II

    7. Other Names for the Monument:

    8. Technique: Sgraffito

    9. Materials Used: Polychrome Materials

    10. Dating: Possible dating: 1960s

    11. Monument Ownership: Private Ownership

    12. Document Types:

    13. Cadastral Map Identifier:

    14. Regulation Plan Number :

    15. Affiliation to Other Cultural Monuments or Assemblages:

    16. Dimensions of the Monument (measurements): 15x25m

    17. Description – Analysis of the Type, Style & Iconography :
      The sgraffito on the dead wall of a private building is applied directly onto the brick foundation in three layers of plaster, transitioning from dark to light in three colors: two shades of red and ‘white smoke’, representing the natural color of the mortar. The shape of the sgraffito is executed in a graphic style, devoid of any shading or color transitions between layers. Additionally, the sgraffito extends onto the adjacent building, where two plaster layers are applied without decoration.

    18. Signature/Artist’s Initials:

    19. Condition:
      The sgraffito is in poor structural condition, exhibiting damages, layer separation, and missing sections. Some of these damages are attributed to the deteriorating condition of the bedding layer. Portions of the building’s underlying brick facade have been exposed in several areas, some of which have been filled, albeit unsuccessfully colored. Additionally, cables have been installed alongside the facade, along with traces of video cameras and other devices. Water leaks in the upper section of the structure have resulted in detachments and plaster separation, leading to the loss of sections of the sgraffito. The lower part of the sgraffito, adjacent to a bar, has been painted green. The primary causes of these damages are the water leaks and poor condition of the underlying brick facade.

    20. Conservation / Restoration: 

    21. Preservation Regimes according to Bulgaria’s Cultural Heritage Act:
      In order to preserve this work, it is necessary to: address the root cause of humidity; clean, strenghten and stabilize the plaster layers, and reconstruct the missing parts. In order to better present this work to the public, it is necessary to: provide for its regular maintenance and security; install lights for illumination; and add a plaque with the artist, title and year.

    22. Plans and Documentation Relating to Implementation: No

    23. Connection with the Environment: Favorable Macro Conditions

    24. Primary Function of the Building:

    25. Current Function of the Building:

    26. Access: Public

    27. Observation Access: Unlimited

    28. Correspondence Between Initial Project Plan & Implementation:

    29. Comments/Other: