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House of Kotomin

Categories / Architecture/Architectural Monuments/Apartment Buildings

HOUSE Of KOTOMIN (18 Nevsky Prospect), an architectural monument of classical style. It was constructed in the middle of the 18th century, in 1812-14 rebuilt in an apartment house for merchant K.B. Kotomin (architect V.P. Stasov). The centre of the main facade was adorned with a Doric portico of eight semi-columns (which have not survived), side corbels boasted four-columned loggias with moulded panels. The building is crowned with a cornice with modillions and a frieze of modelled rosettes and masks. In the first half of the 19th century the south wing housed the confectionery of Wolf and Beranger - the most popular meeting point of Petersburg literary men. It was from here that Alexander Pushkin, on 27 January 1837, set off for the duel with J. Dantes. In 1858-2001, on the ground floor there was a bookshop (later a second-hand bookshop), well-known far beyond the boundaries of St. Petersburg. In 1978-81, the house of Kotomin was totally reconstructed. In 1985 in its premises the Literary Cafe (architect Z.B. Tomashevskaya) was opened, where literary soirees take place. Other premises of the ground floor are occupied with various boutiques.

Reference: Бройтман Л. И., Краснова Е. И. Большая Морская. СПб., 1996. С. 17-21.

S. V. Boglachev.

Dantes George Charles
Kotomin K.B.
Pushkin Alexander Sergeevich
Stasov Vasily Petrovich
Tomashevskaya Zoya Borisovna

Nevsky prospect/Saint Petersburg, city, house 18

Бройтман Л. И., Краснова Е. И. Большая Морская. СПб., 1996

Morskaya Bolshaya Street

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Nevsky Prospect

NEVSKY PROSPECT known as Bolshaya Pershpektivnaya Road or Bolshaya Pershpektiva until 1738, Nevskaya Prospektivaya Street or Nevskaya Perspektiva in 1738-1780s, and 25 October Avenue in 1918-44 so named in memory of the October Revolution of 1917

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Wolff et Beranget Confectionery

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