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The five-storey building, built in the Western European Gothic style, was recognized as an identified cultural heritage site.

The creation of the architect Illiodor Mikhailovsky was recognized as an identified object of cultural heritage. The brick five-story building in the depths of Seliverstov Lane (house 10, building 2) was built in 1903. It was built by order and at the expense of the colonel of the Russian army Smazin, who wanted to earn money by renting out apartments.

Illiodor Mikhailovsky (1864–?) Specialized in the construction of apartment buildings in Moscow. But this one was special. The modest layout of the premises was compensated by the decoration of the facade and the stylization of the building’s appearance in the Gothic style.

The house, for example, lacked bathrooms; the apartments were simple and identical. All this testified to the low cost of living. However, if you look at the building from the outside, you might think that this is a Western European mansion.

“The apartment building was a rare example of a residential building for Moscow, built in the style of Western European Gothic architecture. To this day, the building has fully preserved the decorative and artistic design of the main facade, including the Gothic window frames. The interiors have preserved the flooring and other important elements. The historical appearance of this house has a high architectural value “, – said the head

Department of cultural heritage of the city of Moscow Alexey Emelyanov.

The head of the department noted that the status of the identified cultural heritage object provides the building with state protection. From that moment on, it cannot be demolished, and the owners and tenants are not allowed to carry out any work without the approval of the city.

The walls of the house are now painted beige and red. The main façade overlooking the alley is decorated with massive platbands with ears, fan-shaped lintels and locks. The central part of the main facade with stained-glass windows rises above the general level of the house, above the entrance to the staircase there is a decorative rose window (its shape resembles a flower) and an openwork visor. All this gives a solemn appearance to the building. In its decor, one can see belts of widths (an element of architectural decoration in the form of a depression in the wall), protruding interfloor and crowning cornices and other relief details.

The architectural and artistic design of the interiors of public areas has been preserved. Including all types of floor coverings, the decoration of the main staircase with profiled handrails and openwork metal fences, polychrome paving of staircases, as well as profiled window cornices, window and door frames.

Over the 117-year history of the house, its purpose has changed several times. So, after 1917, profitable apartments turned into communal apartments, and housing offices were opened on the ground floor. The building is currently an administrative building.

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