The article presents the thesis entitled “The Rehabilitation and Reconversion as Exhibition Spaces for the Mureş County Museum of a B Category Historic Building (code: MS-II-m-B-15518) – The Former Workers’ Housing of the Szekely and Retty Furniture Factory,” defended in July 2014, in front of the examination committee for the finals of the Postgraduate Course in Historic Building Conservation. The studied building is part of the cultural and industrial heritage of Târgu Mureş, being listed as a historic building of local importance. At present it is abandoned, highly degraded, and in danger of collapse. The paper is meant to send a distress signal to draw the specialists’ attention (and not only) towards a forgotten architectural object, establishing at the same time a basis for a conservation design. The article presents the historic building as part of the cultural/industrial heritage, its present condition, and the general conservation concept.
Keywords: workers’ housing, Szekely and Retty furniture factory, heritage of the 20th century, historic building, rehabilitation, reconversion, thesis, Târgu Mureş, industrial heritage