The first Stalinist skyscraper from the inside. Visited a residential high-rise and learned about how people lived there

I ve always wondered how people live in Stalin s skyscrapers. And it is even more interesting to learn about how people lived in them before. It turns out that in residential high-rise buildings there were such solutions that can surprise even a modern person.

Hello everyone, my name is Alexandra. I love to learn new things about my beloved Moscow Hello everyone, my name is Alexandra. I love to learn new things about my beloved Moscow Very briefly about Stalin s skyscrapers … According to the plan, there should be nine of them, but seven were built:

  • building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • building of Moscow State University
  • hotel & quot; Ukraine & quot;
  • Leningradskaya Hotel
  • and three residential buildings.

I just visited one of the residential buildings. In a skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment.

Stalin's skyscrapers on Kotelnicheskaya embankment. Residential buildingStalin skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment. Residential building The first Stalinist skyscraper

the first completed Stalinist skyscraper and the only one that was completed during Stalin s lifetime.

Initially, it was planned to settle in this high-rise building, but at the last moment the decision was changed – only one building was assigned to them. The remaining buildings were populated by cultural and scientific workers.

The Stalinist skyscraper looks dignified and interesting, but we ll talk about what s inside the Stalinist skyscraper looks decent and interesting, but we ll talk about what s insideHow the skyscraper looks like from the inside

I listened to my little tour of how high-rise apartments looked like then (read about it below), sitting on the bed of a real apartment on Kotelnicheskaya embankment …

Apartment in a Stalinist skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankmentApartment in a Stalinist skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment

apartment This is not inhabited , but daily rent … It has three rooms, a combined bathroom, a kitchen, three tiny balconies and two exits (to the front entrance and to the technical one). And, of course, extremely high ceilings. Such an apartment is rented for 50,000 rubles per day .

KitchenWhen the skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment was completed, people began to be resettled there. And for the people here they did everything possible, so that they could immediately live in apartments.

The apartments were rented out already fully furnished . There was everything one needed for living, including dishes and bedding … The house had everything that was needed, except for a grocery store: a pharmacy, a bakery, a laundry, a post office … And a courier could be sent for groceries! To do this, it was necessary to leave an order to the concierge.

Mailboxes were located right on the doors, which now (according to the guide's assurance) are something like an architectural monument. In general, they have a special status, and it is forbidden to change them (but apparently not for everyone). Mailboxes were located right on the doors, which now (according to the guide's assurance) are something like an architectural monument. In general, they have a special status, and it is forbidden to change them (but apparently not to everyone)

compact dishwasher , which was part of the complete set of an apartment in a skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya. True, these cars did not please for long, because they did not break down quickly, and no one knew how to repair them.

There were no refrigerators. Instead, there were cupboards in the kitchen under the windowsill, there were no refrigerators. Instead, there were wall cupboards in the kitchen under the windowsill Engineering filling of the building

In the skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment such engineering solutions have been implemented that can surprise. Firstly, the house had unified air conditioning . It brought cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter to every room (in addition to the radiators).

Air was supplied through these grates. Rumor has it that now they smell musty in some apartments. In this apartment, while I was in it, no unpleasant odors were found. The air was supplied through these grilles. Rumor has it that now they smell musty in some apartments. In this apartment, while I was in it, no unpleasant odors were found

The garbage chute was also original. The lid from it was located directly in the kitchen , which was convenient from the point of view of proximity, but subsequently gave rise to a number of problems associated with smell and other “ delights garbage chutes.

A modest door from a garbage chute, in the original they looked different. Located in the kitchen from the window side A modest door from the garbage chute, in the original they looked different. Located in the kitchen from the window side

But what surprised me most was the dust suction system (replacement for vacuum cleaners ). The apartments were equipped with vacuum cleaners that did not have dust collectors. They didn t need them. Dust fell directly into the general mine leading to a special compartment in the basement.

And this is the width of the building walls, judging by the window sill And this is the width of the building walls, judging by the window sill

This is how it was, life in a Stalinist high-rise on the Kotelnicheskaya embankment. Now the doors of the garbage chute are welded, the air conditioning is not working, the dust suction system is not working either. But life in this skyscraper still seems special to me.

What a delight, like a teleport to childhood What a delight, like a teleport to childhood! Find out how people feel and how they live in a Stalinist skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment. But it will be some other time!

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