Wandering Camera

Album 201
(Translated b
y Gogolev Vladimir)


This album is devoted to the Polytechnitcheskaya subway station surroundings, where Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University (until 1990 - Polytechnical Institute, then Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University) - its buildings and the park - are situated.
Polytechnical University might take first place among technical institutes and universities in Saint-Petersburg.
Though I was trying to join the University, I didnt learn here (if I had join, I would have dropped out), so I can hardly determine the purposes of the buildings. So if you have something to supplement with, I am pleased to listen to.


All Institutes buildings are located on quiet side-streets and surrounded by green trees and shrubs.
The restored Pokrov Church is located nearby the University. The church was built in 1913-1914 by I.V.Padlevsky, closed in 1932 and reopened in 1992. The strange thing about the church - its altar turns not to the east (as its supposed to be in the Orthodox Church), but to the west.
Some of the red-brick buildings were built as a student hostel, but later studying buildings and living buildings for academic staff were organized there. Several buildings (professors buildings) were intended for living from the beginning. Student hostel were built later at the Lesnaya.
This building contains Electrical Machine Department and Laboratory.
Yes, I knew it from the tablet.

I believe the following tablets are hanged on the same building (or opposite one, I am not sure):

The outstanding scientist Ivan Ivanovich Kirillov worked here since 1934 until 1993

Faculty of Power Engineering. Atomic and Heat Energy-converting Machinery Department.

Faculty of Power Engineering. Turbomotors Department

Faculty of Civil Engineering. Material Strength Department

Radiophysical Science and Engineering Faculty building.

There are several memorable tablets almost on every building. For example:

The outstanding soviet physicist academician A.F.Ioffe worked here from 1906 until 1948. He was a founder of Physics and Mechanics Faculty.

The outstanding soviet physicist, vice-president of the Soviet Unions Academy of Science academician Boris Pavlovich Konstantinov (1910-1969) worked here from 1946 until 1969.

The outstanding soviet physicist academician Pyotr Ivanovich Lukirsky (1894-1954) worked in this building from 1945 until 1954.

The outstanding soviet scientist in the field of automatic control systems, Hero of Socialist Labor, State and Lenin prize winner, professor Dr. Taras Nikolaevich Sokolov (1911-1979) worked here since 1952 until 1972
This strange-looking monument made from the piece of glass contains the following tablet:

Here the artesian well was situated during the 1942-1943 blockade winter. It supplied with water families of Polytechnical Institutes staff and two military hospitals located nearby.

The passage between old and relatively new buildings. To the tower at the background we will come later.

The institute was open in the 1902. At that time the city didnt reach this place and it belong to the Sosnovsky Forest-Park that is still located nearby, but occupies less area.

There are the following tablets on this building:
Without comments
As I was prompted, its old Hydrobuilding - the building of Hydromachine Engineering Faculty. Hydrob is a hard-working building students most of the faculties studies here (including Engineering Cybernetics Faculty). At the left bottom corner of the picture the passage to the new Hydrob can be seen.
The August was strange this year because of sharp temperatures changing autumn began in summer and the spots of the fallen yellow leaves can be seen here and there.

Tablets on the building:

:machine building engineer, professor Dr. Konstantin Pavlovich Seleznyov. Honoured Worker and Scientist. Polytecnical Institute's Rector in 1973-1983."

"The famous Soviet scientist-electrician Leonid Robertovich Neyman lived here from 1937 until 1975."

And this is Universitys park bordering upon the buildings.
On the other side of the park something modern and special was built. The area is supposed to belong to the University. As I was prompted its Lyceum for gifted pupils, and it is belonged to the Physical Science and Technical Engineering Faculty.

The Lyceum was formed on Jores Alfyorovs initiative and built in 1998-1999 by Turkish builders.

Water tower. To say correctly its a tower with water-reservoir for hydrodynamic experiments.

There are tablets on it:

Hydromachine Engineering Department of the Power Engineering Faculty

The founder of Hydromachine Engineering Department, an outstanding scientist I.N.Voznesensky worked here from 1925 until 1946.

And this is the main building (as the following three pictures)

It was built in 1899-1902 by E.F.Wirrich.

The front side of the building turns to the Polytechnicheskaya Street, but now it is covered with scaffolding.

It is mentioned that front sides design reminds the one of High Technical School in Berlin.
Here in the institutes assembly hall on 17 of May 1917 Michael Ivanovich Kalinin took the chair at the workers and students meeting, where Vladimir Ilyich Lenin made a speech.

Michael Ivanovich Kalinin also made a speech here on 16 of October 1926 on the occasion of Polytechnical Institutes 25th anniversary.

In Soviet times the institute was named after M.I.Kalinin, thats why, in particular, the tablet was fixed here. We know about Kalinin, that in 1919 he was municipal services commissar and also he created a commune with common property and economy. It was an everyday occurrence at that time, but the interesting thing about it, that Kalinin himself lived in this commune.

"To Polytechnicians, given their lives for motherland and communism.

Your deeds and feat of arms will be remembered from generation to generation."

(The monument was raised in 1967).

The Lattice that divides park from the Polytechnicheskaya street.
On the other side of the street Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute (Phystech) is located. It was found in 1918, but the new building was built in 70th.

Lectures and practical works for universitys students are held there. There are some research institutes on the both hands of the Phystech (if they still remain there, of course).




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