French inspiration

This week I discovered this beautiful and special building. I already knew it from outside, but as I walked by it I decided to go in and look around.
This is one of the few architectural works in Budapest that has a French influence. The Western Railway Station was designed by Gustave Eiffel and the Margareth Bridge was also designed by a French architect, Ernest Goüin. This building has a strong French touch too as the inner courtyard and the main staircase was designed by Gustave Eiffel’s company. That’s why it was named “Eiffel Palace” after its restauration in 2013.
Currently it is a modern office building combined with Eiffel’s typical cast iron structures, which creates a very special and unique atmosphere.
The building was the office of one of the most important newspapers of the late 19th and early 20th century, the Pesti Hírlap. Many outstanding personalities of the Hungarian literary life published their writings in it. Interestingly it was not only edited, but also printed here. That’s why there is an original printing machine at the entrance of the building.