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Notes on the Geography of Hungary: Pest of the Habsburgs: Photo 4

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It's the Four Seasons Hotel, one of those places where if you have to ask how much it costs.... On the bright side, back in the 1990s it was abandoned, empty and deteriorating. When first opened, in 1907, it was the Gresham Palace, an office building commissioned by the London Gresham Life Assurance Company. The architect was Zsigmond Quittner, working with Jozsef and Laszlo Vago. Architects since then have been known to get all squishy over this building. Relatively in control of himself, Heathcote writes of the "relief carvings which seem to grow organically from its surfaces." You can see his point. (Gresham Life, for the record, dates from 1848 and was absorbed into Windsor Life in 1992.)

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