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The underground vestibule of the metro station “Frunzenskaya”. Author A. Stolyarenko. June 1957. Of Glavarkhiv Moskvy

63 years ago on the Sokolnicheskaya line of the Moscow metro has earned two new stations. What happy passengers and why not everyone liked the art design of the platforms and lobbies, read the material

April 30, 1957 in the capital earned two stations of the Moscow metro “Frunzenskaya” and “Sportivnaya”. They became the first metro structures designed and built after the publication of the Decree of the CPSU Central Committee and USSR Council of Ministers dated 4 November 1955 “On elimination of excesses in designing and construction”. Therefore, the decoration of halls, platforms and lobbies are minimized, and the main aesthetic function was performed by the walls and supporting columns, as well as lighting.

How to evaluate a new station the first passengers, you can learn from books reviews for 63 years are stored in the of glavarkhiv Moskvy.

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Welcoming metro

Muscovites and guests of the city immediately appreciated the new station: all 62 books sheet reviews completely filled with impressions. Here is the recording in Russian, Italian, French, German, Hungarian languages.

“The first passenger of the new metro line thanks the best builders in the world, underground transport for this wonderful gift to Muscovites”, — writes the unknown author.

Happy the citizens and the fact that the subway came to their homes: “By May 1, such a gift! Wonderful! Finally, we joined with the rest of Moscow!.. Residents Luzhniki acknowledge with gratitude the opening of a new metro line is… We, the residents of Usachevka, congratulations to the builders of the subway with the opening of the new line and wish you new successes in the building”.

And the grateful passengers were children.

“The station is bright, beautiful. A big thank you to the builders for such a beautiful station,” is almost word-for-word review of “Frunze” two Moscow thorolastic.

Metropolitan students, especially students of the Moscow state University named after M. V. Lomonosov reminded that the Sokolnichesky branch is necessary to renew: “the Station we liked, however we wish to quickly draw the line to the University. Urgent!” (from a review of the station “Frunzenskaya”). “Please, comrades, likely to lead the line to our University!” — review of the station “Sportivnaya”.

The debate about minimalism

Meanwhile, in assessments of the appearance of new metro stations Muscovites did not agree. Young people “Frunzenskaya” and “Sportivnaya” like, but the older generation remained dissatisfied, and very much not like the “Sport”.

“Station “Sports” is too grim, a little joy,” cried the townspeople.

Went to the station and “tightness”, and “always dirty floors and Sandstone tile” on the walls. And almost all critics have noted that the station name does not match the architectural design. “Nothing there is no sport”, — doubted people.

To “Frunzenskaya” critics have been supportive. Architectural design almost never scolded, except for the scarcity.

“Station “Frunzenskaya” not very much, because she looks very modest in comparison with those stations that are equipped on the circle line. We do not have enough funds for a more beautiful, well-appointed workstation?” — wrote the passengers.

With all the reviews you can see online on the website Glavarhiva.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure will not be perfect.

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