The Theme of this album is the Volodarsky Bridge and its
The bridge connects Ivanovskaya and Narodnaya streets, near the
Construction of the Volodarsky Bridge began in 1932
and it was opened to traffic in 1936. It was designed by academician
G.P.Peredery and architects A.S.Nikolsky and K.M.Dmitriev.
Length of the bridge - 325 meters, width - 36 meters.
A new technology was applied in the bridge construction - steel wings
being assembled on the shore and floated into place on pontoons. Also it
is interesting, that here is the first traffic intersection on different
levels in our city.
Middle part of the bridge is a draw span. It was
modernized in 1971.
In 1986-1992 (1993) the bridge was modernized once again (farms were
removed, the width and height was increased, draw span became
single-leaf) therefore it gained its present appearance - much less
successful and expressive, in my opinion.
At the same time on the river bank nearest to us (see photo) the tram
viaduct was completed.
Photo of the original form of the bridge from V.G.Lisovsky's book "
Leningrad. Areas of new buildings ", 1983
Trees along the bridge also are not present anymore.
In parallel to the nearest bank of a river (see the previous photo) the
tram viaduct has been completed.
Here its part along Neva is visible...
... further it turns on the left, to the bridge.
On the other bank, at the left and right
of the bridge, there are groups of identical houses (an apartment house
+ department store) stand rather successfully making out the entrance to
One of our readers told us this story:
Firstly, right at the beginning of 1960, two 5-storeyed brick
buildings were constructed along Narodnaya street. It’s appeared then,
that they were completely out of place here and it was decided to
demolish them, but this never happened. In 1964 two 7-storeyed panel
houses were constructed near to the 5-storeyed, in parallel to the Neva.
And the basic part of the square before the bridge, the nearest to Neva,
- two 9-storeyed buildings of 602 series and two 16-storeyed houses -
were built in mid-1970 (group of architects led by D.S.Goldgor).
Quite another matter that these houses
were not repaired since the end of 1980 (approximately) and the ensemble
looks consequently, to put it mildly, not absolutely how was conceived.
View along the Neva toward the city
The street along the quay at the left is the prospect of Obuhovskaya
Oborona. It goes down Neva now coming nearer to it, now going away.
If to look afar you can see the cranes on
October quay. Close to there fishermen often catch a smelt. Well anyway
local TV frequently likes to show them there :)
The lattice, traditional in Petersburg
design, has decayed a little.
On the other bank Narodnaya Street
begins and goes away northward from the bridge.
Let's walk under the bridge.
Where the ships are seen ahead
is a river station of Saint Petersburg (constructed in 1970).
The "Rechnaya" hotel.
in 1974 under the project of architects V.V.Popov and I.N.Kuskov.
Autumn leaf near the bridge.
A building of the administration of the
Nevsky district stands nearby.
It is constructed under the project of
architects E.A.Levinson and I.I.Fomin in 1938-1940.
Earlier, the Nevsky District Council was
there (the building was constructed specially for it).
The same building being seen from the
A little bit of strangeness - from the façade it looks beautiful, and
columns at the left too correspond, but here is such an odd building
with one more entrance.
Maybe was reconstructed?
There is the monument to V.V.Volodarsky
near Volodarsky bridge.
The square here was made out after the war [Second World War].
Earlier the region around the bridge named to Shchemilovka after the
V.Volodarsky was the Commissar on Press
Affairs, Propagation and Propaganda of Petrograd and Northern region,
and also the editor of "The Red Newspaper".
In 1918 heading for a meeting he was killed by members of the Right
SR party (the monument is established near to the place of his death).
He was buried on the Marsovo Pole.
Sculptors M.G.Manizer, L.V.Bleze-Manizer, architect V.A.Vitman.
The monument was opened in 1925.
Further (to the left between houses)
there is Ivanovskaya street on which we shall have a little walk in the
Also I want to bring to your attention an album "From
the City’s Life: April 2004", devoted to indicative start-up of
models of rockets at Peter and Paul Fortress, at celebration of the Day