Wandering Camera

Album 276
(Translated b
y Ingerid Maria Opdahl)


We continue along Prospekt Stachek, in the direction of Avtovo metro station.


No. 67, block 1 and 3, at the corner of Prospekt Stachek and Zenitchikov Street. On the photograph, Prospekt Stachek goes to the left.

The architects were V.A. Kamenskii and G.L. Ashrapyan, 1951-1952.
In 1952 this block was awarded an All-Union Prize for Architecture.

No. 69, at the other side of Zaitsev Street.
This is, most likely, no. 80 Prospekt Stachek.

The architects were V.F. Belov and D.S. Doroshenko, 1950-1951.
According to the old numbering, this house was no. 102.

The next house after it (no. 82) is the pre-war building Avtovo (1937-1941), by a group of architects under the leadership of A.A. Ol. Among the members of this group were V.F. Belov, V.A. Kamenskii, L.E. Ass, who afterwards turned great masters in their own right.
Who did what specifically is difficult to say now. Some of these houses were completed only after the war. By then the general responsibility for the construction in the region had passed to V.A. Kamenskii.

The balcony was apparently completed by the inhabitants :)

We are coming closer to Avtovo metro station (it will appear on our left hand side).
Zaitsev Street (Prospekt Stachek is right behind us).

The dark house is no. 3, Zaitsev Street.


I cannot say anything about these houses (except that they are from the Stalin period).

No. 67, block 3, by the same architect.

Zaitsev Street goes in to the distance, smoothly changing into the Turukhtanny Islands road (that's what the street is called :)

To the right behind the houses, the Northern Shipyard ("Severnaya Verf") takes up a considerable area.

The top of this tower reminds one of a bell-tower, of the kind that used to be built next to churches. For example, like this one (in Novgorod the Great).
Apparently, this is no. 73 united by an arch with no. 69. Still, it's not a fact.
A balcony, close up.
Avtovo metro station and no. 90 to the left of it (1959).

According to readers, there are similar houses in the Komsomol Square area, and one of them used to be inhabited by KGB workers. High ceilings, large kitchens, good lay-out (some rooms are though-going).

The metro station was built in 1955 according to drawings by E.A. Levinson and A.A. Grushke.

This was the final station when the metro had just been opened.

Avtovo is actually the name of a village that was here (opposite today's metro station) from the early 17th century. Translated from Finnish, it means "waste ground" or "empty place".
Parts of the decorations have the theme of the Soviet people's victory in the Great Fatherland War.
The house opposite Avtovo metro station (which formerly housed the Narva restaurant as told by the inscription at the top of the house) is Prospekt Stachek no. 75.

It was built in 1960-1961 by the architects V.A. Kamenskii and N.Z. Matusevich.

Some say that this house perfectly repeats a bend in the outline of the old village.

The house visible in the left part of the previous photograph is Prospekt Stachek no. 77. The architect was V.A. Kamenskii, early 1950s.
A viaduct (the Avtovo Roundabout).
It was built over the railways leading to the Ocean Port's moorings. This crossing used to be the source of large traffic jams.

One of the readers holds the opinion that the rapid construction of this viaduct was not only caused by the congestion, but at least as much by the need for government motorcades to go to the south of the city (particularly to Strelna). A viaduct is in that respect better than a crossing, because one can travel along it at great speed.

The viaduct was completed in November last year (2002), in time for the 300 years' anniversary finished small things like benches and paved it.

They spent less than a year.

At the same time as the viaduct, they built a large pedestrian underpass under the Prospekt (by the metro entrance).

Actually, this seems to be the city's first and only underpass with an approach ramp for wheelchairs.

By the way, there is a small appendix to this album with a few photographs from September this year.
The house opposite the previously discussed no. 77 is of the same type and by the same architect.
Here you see the two houses from the previous photograph, only from a different angle.
A balcony up close.
You can see the paving, streetlamps and benches that appeared here at the same time as the viaduct (this is exactly where it stars, goes ahead and then turns to the right).

The choice of wood as material for benches is, in my opinion, a major mistake. And especially wood of such light colour and in such narrow pieces.
They should have found something more resistant to vandals.

No. 79, which is built in symmetry with the house on the opposite side of Prospekt Stachek. Both houses are built according to drawings by V.A. Kamenskii and Yu.A. Macheret. This one in 1954-1955, the one on the other side, in 1957.

At that time, the city finished here, and these two houses framed the approach to it. Across the railway (directly behind us now) were also two granite obelisks, which disappeared after the 1960s.

And with this we finish our series of albums about Prospekt Stachek, but the street itself is far from completion. We will continue our walk along it at a later point.



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