House of Books

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Place: Nevsky Prospekt 

Construction time: 1902-1904

Architect: Pavel Suzor

Style: Art Nouveau

Швейная машинка "Зингер"Remarkable features: Here, for the first time in Russia, a metal frame, elevators, automatic cleaning system of the roof and other innovations were used in the construction of the building.

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.

Приёмная стойка офиса "В контакте"Interesting fact: In the top floor of the building, there are the headquarters of the largest Russian social network “VKontakte”.

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).

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