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Style Characteristic
Januševec is a classical building

Architecture CharacteristicS
Januševec is a classical building which, together with its entrance portal and the ancillary buildings facing the north entrance, is exceptionally fine and of great cultural value. Since it stands upon a slope the north front has two storeys and the south front three. The ground plan is square and in the middle is a circular hall forming the central point of the building out of which the other rooms lead. The single-axis layout begins with the U-shaped outbuildings, their lateral wings at the base of a wooded hill.
It continues through the symmetrical gardens, the portico of the north front, the entrance hall, the circular hall (once the dining-room), finishing with the terrace of the south front giving a wide view over the Sava valley with the Samobor hills in the distance. Januševec is a typical country residence in the classical tradition. On the south face a portico juts forward rising a full two floors. The north face is less dramatic and contains the entrance door under a portico with four columns and an accentuated architrave and tympanum. The essential plainness of the west face is relieved by a wide two-storey high loggia, and the east face is enlivened by two groups of three shallow pilasters.
What Januševec looked like in 1840 is best seen from the advertisement already mentioned. Fifty houses of peasant serfs belonged to the estate, extensive beech and oak forests and a small farm. The outbuildings consisted of two conservatories (orangeries), stables for sixteen horses, cow-sheds, houses for gardeners, dairymen and coachmen and a covered woodshed. All these buildings were pulled down after the Second World War and used for building material.
The manor covered a large area, about 40 x 30 m or 1,200 m2. The basement had two wine-cellars and store-rooms. On the ground floor there were eight servant's rooms, a large kitchen, larder, premises for distilling brandy and pressing wine and store-rooms, on the floor above (first floor from the south, ground floor from the north) were fourteen rooms, outstanding among them being two halls, a small kitchen, premises for keeping valuables and a bathroom. The circular, central hall was of particular interest. It was more than eight metres across and eleven metres high finishing with a fine moulding and dome carried on eight pilasters. At first floor height it gave out onto a loggia and in one niche was a chapel. The second hall was two storeys high, square in shape, sometimes used as a dining-room, it gave out onto the southern terrace. The top floor was connected to the floor below it by a branching staircase situated to the side of the main entrance. Beside the circular hall was an elliptical staircase which connected all floors from the cellar up. On the top floor were a large number of bedrooms, most of the same size but one rather larger, and a bathroom.

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