The Casino is the symbol building of the city and the best-known historical monument in Constanta, although, when built, it was criticized and compared to a hearse.
Its official inauguration, on August 15, 1910, was also attended by Prince Ferdinand, and Queen Elizabeth hosted cultural evening receptions at the Casino in Constanta.
The history of the edifice designed by the architect Daniel Renard in Art Nouveau style is both long and complicated.
From a place where the high society gathered to have a good time, in August 1916, the Casino was turned into a Red Cross campaign hospital, during World War I. The building was hit by shrapnel and, subsequently, the authorities had it restored.
In 1941, the Casino was invaded by the German troops and, in the same year, it was affected by the Russian bombing. Repaired after 10 years, it later had other purposes as well.