Wandering Camera

Album 297
(Translated b
y Vlad)


In the last album we wandered near the Volodarsky Bridge.
Today we shall walk a little further - down the Ivanovskaya Street, toward the Moskovskaya metro. We shall cover Glory Avenue slightly.


Ivanovskaya Street begins almost from the bridge, with two identical post-Stalin houses constructed in1960.

On the right..

.. and on the left
The beginning of the street is built interestingly. All the houses are from Stalins times, but they dont look like Moscovsky Avenue. It makes an absolutely different impression.

To tell the truth, as I was prompted, there are two similar houses of the same architects at a corner of Blagodatnaya Street and the Moscovsky Avenue.

Building of the street was conducted by E.A.Levinson, I.I.Fomin and S.I.Evdokimov project before WWII (before 1937).
These columns are especially expressive.
Reflection in a shop-window.
The signboard has remained since Soviet times.
I would say that the general feature of all these buildings is a prevalence of vertical elements.

It is necessary to note, that these houses were severely criticized because the columns and loggias shadow the windows, causing the interior to be dark.

As to the streets name "Ivanovskaya" it has been known as such since 1896 but why it was named so, it is not clear.

One version is that it was named after the local land owner.

Further down the street there are more recent panel houses (122 and 123 blocks on sides of the street).

They are interesting because they are the first typical panel houses in Leningrad. The apartments there are still full-sized. The height of the ceiling is 3 meters, and the kitchens are large.

Later "khrushevkas" (houses of Khrushchevs era), are well known for their low ceilings and absolutely small apartments.

These were built in 1956-1959 by D.S.Goldgor's project.
Local living creature.

Typical, striped.

It is interesting, from whence we have exactly such striped cats here? (Ed. During the blockade of the city in WWII all animals and birds were, out of necessity, consumed).

Stories go that supposedly, in the end or after blockade [of Leningrad (SPb) in Second World War], the cats were brought here from Yaroslavl in convoy. However it is no more than legend, in my opinion.

Further along, the huge viaduct spans railway tracks and a highway.
The viaduct was opened for traffic in 1974. At that time, it was the longest in the USSR.

There are quite good views from it.

The lake is called "Belevsky Kariyer" as the district around was called "Belevskoye pole (field) (Belevsky Avenue is near now).
This lake has two names; other name of this lake is "Ivanovsky Kariyer".

The viaduct is decorated with two obelisks on the sides of a road.
One is devoted to the Patriotic War of 1941-45. Another - is less obvious.
Figures "1901" relate to the so-called Obukhovskaya Oborona (defence) - the armed strike on Obukhovsky factory. There is also Obuhovskaya Oborona Avenue.
1905 is a date of the first Russian revolution.
Further the viaduct passes directly above tracks, near Sankt-Peterburg-Sortirovochnaja-Moskovskaya station.
On the lateral tracks it is possible to see a couple of steam locomotives.

This is - "P-36" ("Pobeda (Victory)") the last passenger steam locomotive issued in the USSR (production ceased 1956).

And this as I was informed by readers, is the freight steam locomotive of the "SO" series ("Sergo Ordzhonikidze"). It was made at the Bryansk factory from 1936 onwards. Such steam locomotive (maybe the same?) carried the Soviet delegation to the Potsdam conference. Comrade Stalins train consisted of armoured cars and was too heavy for a common locomotive.

With fresh paint, I shall suppose, that both steam locomotives are the future exhibits of the museum at the Varshavsky station.

This is a special diesel locomotive for service of a tracks.
Levers in a picture are going upwards - downwards. Hammering and compacting gravel under sleepers is carried out so.
Here the viaduct comes to an end, and the Glory Avenue begins.
This area is more modern. The houses pictured were built in the end of 1960, and the beginning 1970.
Semi dismantled paramilitary equipment is parked at the end of a viaduct.
These three houses were constructed in the first half 1980, approximately.
We will continue walking in these places but at another time. Its too far and difficult for me to reach there :)




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