Place: Nevsky Prospekt On the map
Construction time: 1902-1904
Architect: Pavel Suzor
Style: Art Nouveau
Value: The main city bookstore, a brilliant example of architecture of “Art Nouveau” style.
Original function: The building was constructed for producing company of sewing machines “Singer”.
Legends: There was forbidden in imperial St. Petersburg to build higher than the Winter Palace was built. Exceptions were the domes of churches and spires of old buildings. However the glass dome of the “Book House” definitely higher than the imperial residence. They say that the question was decided by huge bribe, which governor took and because of which he lost his post.