House of Books
Place: Nevsky Prospekt
Construction time: 1902-1904
Architect: Pavel Suzor
Style: Art Nouveau
Value: The main bookstore in the city, a brilliant example of Art Nouveau architecture.
Initial function: The building was constructed for the Singer Manufacturing Company.
Legends: In Imperial Petersburg, it was forbidden to build anything higher than the Winter Palace. The exceptions were the domes of churches and the spires of old buildings. However, the glass dome of the “Book House” is definitely higher than the imperial residence. It is believed that the question was decided by huge bribe to the governor (the reason why he lost his post).