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25 November 2021, 09:10

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Press Service of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the City of Moscow

Among the main objects of the restoration in 2021 are historical sculptures on Gagarin Square, the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge, the Medvednikov gymnasium and the Kevorkov house.

Moscow continues a large-scale program of restoration of historical sites. Since 2011, the restoration of 1,700 historical buildings has already been completed, said Sergei Sobyaninon my blog. This year, work was completed on the restoration of the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge, the Medvednikov gymnasium, historical sculptures on Gagarin Square and many other objects.

“Most of all, we are pleased with the reduction in the number of monuments that are in an unsatisfactory or even emergency condition, which have to be literally saved,” said the Moscow Mayor.

The share of historic buildings in poor condition fell from 39 percent (1,325 buildings) in 2010 to 4.6 percent (194 buildings) in 2021.

One of the rescued objects this year was Kevorkov’s house on Lyusinovskaya Street (house 27, building 1). The main house of the city estate of the Sushkin merchants – A.B. Kevorkova was built in the late 18th – early 19th centuries. In the Soviet years, redevelopment was made here and apartments for employees of the People’s Commissariat of Defense were equipped; in the 1990s, the owner did not repair the building, and it fell into disrepair. The situation was worsened by a fire in 2017, which seriously damaged the roof and ceilings.

The Moscow government did not allow the building to be destroyed – in 2013 it was recognized as an identified cultural heritage site and was taken under state protection. “More than once or twice we have given instructions to the negligent owner about the need for restoration work. The matter got off the ground in 2019, when the Kevorkov house was bought by a new owner who was ready to invest in saving the oldest building on Lyusinovskaya Street, ”said Sergei Sobyanin.

Today the restoration of the object is almost complete. Specialists have recreated the roof parapet, openwork window frames, cornice and pilasters. The old paintings on the ceilings, which for over 100 years were hidden under a layer of paint and plaster, have been restored, and the main facade of the house is again decorated with an attic with the monogram AK (Agabek Kevorkov). In addition, it was possible to restore the main staircase along the only cast-iron baluster, accidentally found in the basement.

After the completion of the work, it is planned to place offices in the Kevorkov house.

“The salvation of this monument is another good example of the social responsibility of business and the successful work of the city authorities to revive the works of architects of past eras,” the Moscow Mayor emphasized. “Fans of Moscow antiquity will be able to come here on an excursion during the Days of Historical and Cultural Heritage.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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