Ödön Lechner, Postal Savings Bank building
The Bank was erected between 1889 and 1901, after plans by Ödön Lechner, with Vilmos Zsolnay contributing to the decoration of the tiled roof, and Miksa Róth crafting the glass windows and mosaics.
Hungarian architect Ödön Lechner was born in 1845 in Pest, Hungary. He studied architecture in Pest en from 1866 in Berlin, Germany at the Building Academy (Bauakademie) under the German archaeologist and architect Karl Bötticher (1806-1889). Later he moved to Italy for one year to study architecture and in 1869 he started an architecture firm with his contemporary, the Hungarian-German architect Gyula Pártos (1845-1916). Lechner was part of the Hungarian Secession (szecesszió) movement which was closely related to Art Nouveau and Jugendstil in the rest of Europe. In 1875, after his wife died, he moved to Paris to work with the French architect Clement Parent (1823-1884). In 1879 he returned to Hungary and between 1889 and 1890 he worked in London. Notable buildings designed by Ödön Lechner are the Geological Museum
, the Postal Savings Bank building
, and the Szent László Gimnázium