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Treasures of

Art project dedicated to the onion domes in architecture of
Saint-Petersburg and their resemblance to the precious
eggs of Faberge.


City photography & Watercolour illustration
The art Project is based on the interest in onion domes, which are richly represented in the architecture of St. Petersburg. They are unique and elegant. Each dome gives recognition and charm to the buildings. Their shape reminded us of Faberge eggs. Not only externally, but also within the meaning: each of the domes is a kind of architectural art object, a "jewel" of the city. And each of these houses is fraught with many stories, "secrets", just like Faberge eggs.

This collage combines large architectural and small decorative forms in a common historical context - the Art Nouveau period.
There are more than 50 onion domes in St. Petersburg.
Here are some of them:
Bolshoy prospect of Petrogradskaya district, 80
The house, which was built according to the project of the engineer S. Barankeev at the beginning of the 20th century, was in possession of A. Nikolsky, the owner of the sculpture works. The building is decorated with elegant decorative elements, including a small pinnacle. V. Bezekirsky appears on the list of well-known residents of the house, the composer and teacher of music courses in St. Petersburg, as well as historian and writer I. Bozheryanov. In the Soviet years the famous football player M. Butusov (who was called the "master of goals") also lived here.

Fun fact: During the preparation of the Project this dome was renovated.
Blokhin street, 3
The revenue house with a high multitiered pinnacle reminding of a chessman has changed several owners since the engineer N. Ivanov built it in 1905. So, the house belonged to the one of three Burtsev brothers, merchants, entrepreneurs and bankers.
One of the well-known residents of the house was E. Pekarsky, an outstanding scientist and ethnographer. He was awarded the title of honorary member of the USSR Academy of Sciences for compilation of a unique Yakut dictionary. Another outstanding scholar who lived here is I. Krachkovsky, an orientalist, researcher, editor of the first complete edition of "One Thousand and One Nights".
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Lenin street, 8
One of the famous revenue houses in St. Petersburg reminding of a palace was built by the eclectic master and magnificent architect – S. Ginger. The customers are the merchants Kolobov brothers, aforetime the ordinary people who managed to make an incredible fortune in trade. The Kolobovs spent huge sums on charity, building schools and hospitals. The fate of the architect after the revolution is sorrowful: he was shot on suspicion of espionage. Having transferred their untold wealth to the Bolsheviks the Kolobov brothers lived out their lives in cramped little rooms.
Nekrasov street, 46
The fanciful facade decoration of this revenue house was supposed to attract wealthy people who wanted to have decent housing in the city center. The house was built by the architect A. Shiltsov on order of the merchant P. Kumovich. Both civil servants and artists lived here. For example, editor and journalist N. Obleukhov published under the pseudonym "Ukhtubuzhsky" who was known for his translations of works of the English writer A.K. Doyle into Russian. Now the “Kumovich House Hotel” is situated in this building with its partially recreated interiors.
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Kronverkskaya street, 17
The name of the street where the house is located is associated with the nearby fortification of the Peter and Paul Fortress. The house was built by the engineer K. Koch in 1911 for renting out apartments by order of the Tchaikovskys. Retired captain N. Tchaikovsky had invested in the construction of revenue houses, which brought big profits later. The building itself makes a good impression thanks to a small expressive helmet-shaped turret and a variety of decor. Several years ago, the restoration was carried out and the house revived. Stained-glass windows, iron wrought railings, stoves and floor tiles are now well preserved.
Nekrasov street, 56
An elegant house at the corner of Fontannaya and Nekrasov streets was built upon the project of the architect P. Gilev for the merchant M. Ryangin, who got rich on construction contracts. The half-round pinnacle serves as a kind of accent and sets a special mood for the whole building. For some time, the famous writer and translator T. Shchepkina-Kupernik lived here, whose plays and translations were very popular. Her memoirs became clear illustration of the theatrical and literary life of St. Petersburg and Moscow.
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Bolshoy prospect of Petrogradskaya district, 83
The huge building designed by the architect V. Weiss near the Karpovka River impresses with its size. Outwardly it looks more like a castle than a revenue house. It was owned by wealthy industrialists Baranovsky. Particular attention is drawn to the impressive size of the pinnacles, the pliant facade, bay windows, the rhythm of many times repeated windows. One of the significant details - the zinc eagle - was lost. A well-known resident of the house was I. Brodsky, the artist and the teacher, whose work was clearly manifested in the post-revolutionary years. He headed the Academy of Arts, supported students and developed art schools.
Bolshaya Pushkarskaya street, 1
The dome crowning the corner of this revenue house is one of the most impressive of its kind. The author of the building, S. Ginger, skillfully combined architectural styles, so the big house does not look heavy. The face of the building has intricate decoration: the floral ornament winds, and joyful putti hide between the columns.
In 1909 the house was completed and occupied. One of the first tenants was the doctor of medicine D. Nikolsky. He taught a course in first aid for industrial accidents, spoke in defense of workers.
Another well-known scientist, J. Gakkel, the creator of the first Russian aircraft and diesel locomotives, also lived here. He was one of the founders of the Russian aircraft industry.
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Bolshoy prospect of Petrogradskaya district, 13
This house is best viewed close up, where your attention will certainly be attracted by a pinnacle with a weather vane, which indicates the building date in 1902 by architect A. Hammerstedt. You can admire the openwork balconies, brick inserts, and abundant stucco decoration. Many people who declared themselves lived here. Among them - an outstanding mathematician, Professor N. Günther, the author of a huge number of scientific works that formed the basis of many books on physics and mathematics, as well as a prominent architect A. Shchusev, a student of L. Benois, who worked in different styles, from modern to constructivism, which managed to be in demand before and after the revolution of 1917.
Bolshoy prospect of Petrogradskaya district, 51
The house was built in 1899 by the architect P. Gilev. A special color is brought by rich decor in the form of triangular pediments and numerous pilasters, as well as a pinnacle with a spire. The house belonged to I. Kryuchkov, a merchant of the 1st guild and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Petrovsky School. Among the well-known residents of the house it can be called the director N. Akimov. This gifted artist and illustrator revived the Leningrad Comedy Theater when it already seemed to be impossible. A. Belyaev, the incredible science fiction writer, also lived in the house. The novel "Professor Dowell's Head" brought him fame; it was written by the author under the impression of his prior spinal injury.
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Kamennoostrovsky prospect, 13/2
The owner of this revenue house on Austrian Square was the honorary citizen K. Keldal, and the creator of the project was the architect V. Schaub, the modernist master who developed his own unique style. The house in question is not an exception: the pliability of forms, the rhythm of details, ornamentation, the variety of finishes, protruding pinnacles and spiers fascinate with a bizarre but harmonious architectural dance.
Among the eminent residents of the house is the writer of the Silver Age L. Andreev, whose name is carved on a memorial plaque on the facade. It is interesting that in his youth Andreev passionately dreamed of being an artist, not thinking about the career of a writer, but his literary work was later highly appreciated by M. Gorky and A. Chekhov.
Maly prospect of Petrogradskaya district, 26-28
A very interesting house was built by the architect A. Baranovsky for the State Councilor M. Kornilov. The house is decked with decorative tiles, the faceted pinnacle with rectangular windows crowns the corner bay window, and a large stucco owl lurks on the triangular pediment, spreading its wings. An engineer, Major General M. Beklemishev, one of the inventors of the first combat Russian submarine "Dolphin", lived in Kornilov's house. The poet and translator M. Lozinsky, also lived here. He was related to A. Blok, with whom they were friends. Brilliantly educated, well-read, he masterfully owned the gift of words.
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There is a variety of prints available for you to enjoy the project: fine art prints, post cards, calendar. All can be purchased at this website:

Calendar 2022

Арт: Fab.2022
A2 size wall calendar. 12 pages.
There is a photographer, artist and writer
on our team:
Alisa Knatko
Illustrator, participant of international exhibitions
Sergey Matveev
Non-professional photographer
Dina Nikolaeva
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