The house of Rayko Goranov
Architect: Karl Heinrich, the facade decoration is by Andreas Grays
Address: 2, Dunav Str
Contemporary function: Offices
One of the most beautiful homes in Sofia keeps the stories of intriguing personalities and dramatic events that have left a trail on the development of Sofia and the whole of Bulgaria. The building was owned by Rayko Goranov from Teteven, a university lecturer and professor of Latin and Ancient Greek, a great donor of the university library, he was preserved in the memories of its students as a mysterious and elegant person. Sleek and reserved, the professor was 43 years old when his fine house was finished. Today the building has been renovated to reflect its original beauty and to be one of the secret finds of Sofia. The magnificent facades are made by architect Karl Heinrich (born in Bohemia and studied in the German city of Cittau) and sculptor Andreas Grays (a Viennese who graduated in his home town). Both have captured the building spirit of the Bulgarian cities after the Liberation and choose to work in Sofia for decades and for the rest of their lives. In this architectural task, the two do not save decoration to highlight the windows and the main entrance with harmonic curves, flowers, leaves and elegant female figures that fill the facades and make them unique for the whole of Sofia. The street facade is symmetrical, while the facade of the adjoining courtyard is more agile according to the ideas of the secession. The main course is located in a forward-facing risalite, decorated with the year of the building and a lion’s head.