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Kuznetskiy most 200 m, Lubyanka 310 m, Teatralnaya 710 m 21/5, Kuznetskiy Most Street

house Insurance company


Former tenement building of the First Russian insurance company

It was build according to the project of engineer Arshakh Izmirov in 1913-1914 who at the same time was the manager of the Moscow office of the company. The Vesnin brothers – future constructionists of Russian architecture – also took part in works.

In 1910s, there was a Fisher’s photo studio, and the First Russian automobile club of Moscow rented here premises.

In 1918-1952, the building housed people's commissariat on foreign affairs which in 1946 was renamed into the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the USSR.

At the moment the former tenement building of the First Russian insurance company faces with its façades a parking that covers the most part of a square.

It must be motioned that a square appeared here after demolition of a church during soviet times when government proposed to move here a monument of Vorovskoy — a revolutionary and one the first soviet ambassadors – built in accordance with the design of sculptor Kats. It was erected here in the anniversary of his death.

Although the church was broken down, the monument stayed in a small court of honor of the house.

There were a lot of communal apartment that are being settled out. The building is the elicit cultural heritage object.

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