Wandering Camera

Album 321
(Translated by Grif)


We continue along the Lesnoy Prospekt and are approaching subway station "Vyborgskaya".


Smolyachkova Street goes to the left.
The building on the corner (actually it's two buildings: 32 Lesnoy Pr. and 18 Smolyachkova St.) was designed architect G.A. Simonov, whom we know from previous photoalbums. Construction was completed in 1939.

Surface part of the "Vyborgskaya" station.

The building behind the station was recently "architecturally assaulted": they had added the lofts.

Underground crossing.

We've recently tried to tally all such crossings in the city. Surprisingly enough we counted less than 20 for the whole St.Petersburg.

28 Lesnoy Pr.

The red building is Vyborgskaya transformer substation of the city's tram. Dated 1913, architect Lamagin.

Oh, this place brings up my own memories.

When I was in high school my class had compulsory vocational studies nearby, at Chugunnaya St. Once a week we went in there on the morning and worked for 4-5 hours on milling machines. Worth noting that such duty makes you respect this type of jobs. It's really scary thought: How on earth people work this way 8 hours daily for years and years?

But we certainly had light and funny moments. Once 3 workers spent half a day pushing the extremely heavy piece of equipment across the shop. I mean: by hand! They used wooden rolls, putting them on the floor, carrying them back and forth. And as it was quite customary they were not quite sober either, and often slipped and fell. I wish I was an artist to paint a picture of that ordeal! :)

Lesnoy Prospekt, 24.

It's likely a manufacturing building, 1976. Architects N.I.apostol and V.M.Tverie.

Next to it is the Samsponievsky Garden with visible at the other end Sampsonievsky Cathedral and monument by M. Shemyakin (see Album 92).

Please note that those stolen bronze plaques are replaced. That's the spirit!

Далее обычный дом, годов 1960-х.

Пристроенный, правда, к более старому.

Next one is very common apartment building, 1960s.

But this time it's built as an extension to the older building.

Next to it is Lesnoy, 20.

Nobel's rental house.

We will look at it in more detail in our next album. In the meantime let's cross the prospekt.

Numbers 21 and 19.
My only hope that I haven't mixed them up: different sources somehow avoid to point exactly which one is which. And even the street marker says "19-21".

On the left (21) is former mansion of factory owner E.L. Nobel. More precisely it was a residence of his daughter Mrs.Oleynikov, who was married to the doctor. The house was designed by R.F. Meltser (also the interior designer) and E.F. Meltser in 1904-5. They have designed the fence, too. The expansion was done in 1910 by architect F.I. Lidval.

On the right (19) is the public library founded by the same Mr.Nobel (1897-1900, architect R.F. Meltser). In 1905 Social-Democrats, including Lenin, had their meetings in there.

In 1998 the building was revived, including interiors. Now it's occupied by Sberbank.

I can add that before Revolution the area behind those buildings belonged to Mechanical Factory, owned by prominent Swedish industrialist Emmanuel Nobel.

Fire-station in constructivism style (#17).

Architect G.A. Simonov, 1930.

The building at Zagorodnyj Prospekt, 56 is very similar. There is an assumption that it's of the same designer.

The monument erected after Perestroika.

The inscription:

"To firefighters of Kalininsky District, who died on the line of duty".

It is set in the memory of firefighters who lost their lives during the fire in hotel "Leningrad".

The red plaque says:

"Ministry of Emergency Situations. The firefighting squadron."

For those who are still unaware: firefighting service now belongs to Ministry of Emergency Situations, not Interiors as before.

Recently they've built this chapel on the Squadron's territory.

In the next album you'll see.... Yes, you guess right!


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