Wandering Camera

Album 168
(Translated b
y Ingerid Maria Opdahl)


We continue our walk. Although it's not a direct continuation, it's still the same part of the city as in the previous two albums.


New Holland. In one of the winter albums I actually forgot to make a photo of the most important features: the arch.
Now I'm correcting the omission.
Just to remind you, New Holland was built in 1765-1780 according to drawings made by S. I. Chevakinskii and J. B. Vallen-Delamotte (who built the arch).

The material is red brick. The columns are made from blocs of hammered granite.

Here, on Krasnoflotskii Bridge, Moika meets the Kryukov Canal. In the distance, one can see St. Isaac's Cathedral.
The Yusupov Palace by the Moika.

It was built in the 1760s by J.B. Vallen-Delamotte, and rebuilt in 1830-1838 by L.A. Mikhailov. As I already wrote in the Chapter on Palaces, the Yusupov Palace was built for Count P.I. Shuvalov, and later became the property of Prince N.B. Yusupov. During the night from 16 to 17 October 1916, Grigorii E. Rasputin was murdered in the Palace. The conspirators were Prince F.F. Yusupov-Sumarokov-Elston, Grand Duke Dmitrii Pavlovich, V.M. Purishkevich, A.S. Sukhotin and S.S. Lazavert.

From 1925 the House of Teachers has been located here. Nowadays, excursions are allowed into the Palace (I don't know whether this applies right now, there is a large reconstruction going on.)

It's rather interesting inside: the halls are differently made and decorated in different styles. There is a house theatre, which is richly decorated.

This is just a part of the Moika.
On the other bank, I by chance photographed, as I was told later, the house of the architect August Montferrand, who built St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Alexander Column. The house was built in the early 19th century. Montferrand lived there from 1834 to his death in 1858.

The address is Moika Embankment no. 86.

Later, the house was sold to other owners. After the Revolution, the State Institute for Planning the Organisation and Construction of Reservoirs moved in, and is perhaps still there.

To the left one can see the Pochtamtskii Bridge.

Further on, on the corner of Moika and Bolshaia Morskaia St. (previously, Herzen St), is the House of Culture for Communications Workers.
In the 1860s, a Reformed Church was built here, drawn by the architect G.A. Bosse.
In the 1930s, it was rebuilt by P.M. Grinberg and G.S. Rants into the House of Culture for Communication Workers. The exterior of the building was completely changed, in Constructivist style.
It would be interesting to know whether the sculptures appeared during the reconstruction in the 1930s, or later.




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