Seven Famous Houses of Saint Petersburg
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Famous Houses of Saint Petersburg

Seven Famous Houses of Saint Petersburg

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There are several famous buildings in Saint Petersburg in which are notible not only by the novelty and uniqueness of their architectural design, but also by their owners and famous inhabitants. 

Famous Houses of Saint Petersburg The house with the towers

The front of the house resembles something like a medieval English castle, decorated with two massive towers that make the house and was nicknamed the "House with towers”. K.I. Rosenstein owned the house and built it with A.E. Belogrud. The engineering equipment of the building was in line with the latest requirements of the time. The rooms are built into the wall cabinets, and in the courtyard were placed garages. Since 1921, on the ground floor of the building was a theatre. In 1972, the Leningrad television studio was working here, and from 1985 to 1995 was a theater called, "Experiment." In 1996, the building is home to the Russian Enterprise of Andrey Mironov.

Location: Kamennoostrovskiy Prospect, 35.


Famous Houses of Saint Petersburg Moruzi House

This princely house was built between 1874 and 1877 and the cost of it was fantastic, at the time, the building cost around 800,000 rubles. The house had 57 apartments and had 7 floors. In cold weather, the house was heated with hot water heating. The Moruzi/Mourousis house was home to many famous writers such as: N.S. Leskov, N. Annensky, D. Merezhkovsky and Z. Gippius, who turned their apartment into a library, where all the famous writers came to during the Silver Age of literature. And since 1919 in an empty apartment housed the literary publishing house studio called "World Literature".

Address: Liteiny Prospect, 24/27.


Famous Houses of Saint Petersburg Dernova House

The Dernova Financial house was built from 1903 to 1904, and since then it was called the house with the tower. From 1905 to 1913 lived symbolist poet V. Ivanov and his wife and writer Lydia Zinovieva Annibal. Many guests of the family visited such as: A.A. Blok, Valery Bryusov, K. Somov, V.E. Meyerhold, A. Akhmatova, and Maxim Gorky. Also in the house was an art studio of E. Zvantseva, in which taught K. Somov, K. Petrov-Vodkin, M.V. Dobuzhinsky and L. Bakst. In 1918, by order of Lunacharsky, the first floor of the house was re-opened as an art school until the start of WWII. Now it is, as before simply a house.

Location: Tavricheskaya Street, 35, Bld. 1.


Famous Houses of Saint Petersburg House of Three Benoit

Neo-classical architects Leon Benois, C. J. Benoit, A. Benoit and A. Gunst carried out this project. This huge apartment complex was one of the most comfortable homes in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg: in addition to sewer, water, steam heating, and telephones in the building, it even had its own power station, boiler room, laundry facilities, and incinerators. After the revolution some of the apartments have become public, while others had party leaders living there. Since 1999, the ground floor has become a theater, "Island" (Russian: "Остров").

Location: Kamennoostrovksy Prospect, 26-28.


Famous Houses of Saint Petersburg Tear of socialism (Russian: "Слеза Социализма")

This house was designed by architect A.A. Olya, and was built as the first experimental commune of engineers and writers. It was meant to show an unprecedented breakthrough of the future: a communist paradise in the socialization of life. The tenants did not have kitchens but instead they were supposed to eat in the dining room for 200 people. There was only one bath on each of the floors. This house was eventually called "Tears of Socialism." After the fall of the Soviet Union, each apartment was refitted with its own bathroom and kitchen.

Location: Rubinsteina Street, 7


Famous Houses of Saint Petersburg Vavelberg House

Back in 1802 on the site there were two unremarkable buildings, a building for the artists Bernikovas, and a restaurant by the English merchant T. Roby. At the beginning of the 20th century, both plots were acquired by the merchant Vavelberg. In 1912, architect M. Peretyatkovich erected a new building, which was housing the St. Petersburg Commercial Bank. This gloomy building is lined with gray granite and made in the spirit of the Italian Renaissance. The facades are decorated with sculptures. The building is incredibly much like a Venetian "Palazzo Ducale". There is a legend that says that the rich and taciturn banker Vavelberg long and meticulously led the construction of the building, taking the job. Not finding something to complain about, he did all the same one single remark: "You have a sign on the door: Push away, It's not my principle, put it like this: Pull to yourself." In Soviet times, the building had the central offices of Aeroflot, and in early 2000 a popular club "Saigon".

Location: Malaya Morskaya Street, 1


Famous Houses of Saint Petersburg Buck House with art galleries

In St. Petersburg, you can find a house with two galleries, soaring through the air on the second and fourth floors. Corridor galleries connect the outer and inner part of this unusual building. In this case, the most interesting thing is to get into the second part so you can take advantage of the gallery. It should also be noted that the gallery is not the only feature of this apartment building. Its magnificent architecture and interior design is striking: there is also a rich gala, courtyard with balconies, magnificent stained glass windows and marble staircases. 

Location: Kirochnaya Street, 24


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