State Ballet Institute - Drechsler Palace, Budapest
The Pension Institute of the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) commissioned the design of the building under 25 Andrássy Avenue; the tender was won by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Partos. Lechner is one of the most important architects of the millennium, one of the iconic artists of the era together with Miklós Ybl. The Hungarian State Opera, designed by Ybl and located on the opposite side of Drechsler Palace, was constructed a few years before Lechner’s design.
As for the floor plan of the Palace, Lechner perfectly understood the basic concept of Miklós Ybl: he made his own main façade with an avant-corps (Risalit) rhyming with that of the main façade of the Opera House, completely saturated with his memories of France.
The City Hall of Szeged and the Palace on Andrássy Avenue are masterpieces of the age showing Lechner rising to the heights of the “art of forms” associated with the name of Miklós Ybl. French artists visiting Budapest at the time of the National Exhibition in 1885 were amazed by this masterful “upgrade” of French renaissance.
Hungarian Dance Academy
The State Ballet Institute, called Hungarian Dance College from 1 July 1990 and Hungarian Dance Academy after 1 February 2017, was opened in September 1950. The qualification levels offered by it have kept rising: it started as an institution of secondary education in 1950; became a higher education institution in 1975; a college in 1983; a college offering BA and MA degrees in 2006; and university offering BA and MA degrees in 2017.
The neo-renaissance building referred to as Drechsler Palace is located under 25 Andrássy Avenue, a World Heritage site. It is a three-storey, four-façade building reflecting the style of early French renaissance. It lies opposite the Andrássy Avenue building of the Hungarian State Opera House, and it was completed in 1886.