Mordvinov's House

Moscow, Russia

Ksenia Kandalintseva

The 1940s renovation of Gorky Street (the Soviet name of Tverskaya) was oriented to this complex of two seven-floor buildings constructed at the site of Paris Hotel (the Soviets renamed it into Kommunar). This inspired the construction of vast residential blocs of reinforced concrete with long decorated facades along the major street of Moscow. These houses completely hid Georgievsky Lane that was part of their inner space as they formed a kind of an arch above it. The arch used to have symmetrical statues of young girls and boys at every side but they were removed as they become shabby. Today the first floors are now taken by Bosco, Zara, Moscow Jewelry Factory, and Yves Rocher with express beauty parlor.


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