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December 29, 2021 7:03 am

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Volga pavilion. Photo by N. Granovsky. June 1956. Main Archive of Moscow

Experts will focus on historical drawings and photographs from the 1950s.

Repair and restoration work continues in Pavilion No. 15 “Radio Electronics and Communications” at VDNKh. The building will be restored to its historical appearance, an important detail of which is the large front doors, which were lost during the reconstruction in 1959. They will also be recreated.

The doors consisted of two wings, which were separated by an impost (vertical support). It was decorated with decorative metal overlays: acanthus leaves and ears were located below, seven constrictions of beads with laurel leaves rose from them, at the very top one could see Ionic and ears.

“The doors were with glass inserts, and on top of them were decorative grilles with the image of drawn sheaves of ears, sunflowers, acanthus leaves and sickles. Along the contour of the insert, metal plates made of laurel leaves were framed, and rosettes with stars were placed between them, ”said the curator of the project for the restoration and adaptation of pavilions at VDNKh from the city

Overhaul DepartmentIgor Purynov.

The decorative design of the doors echoes similar elements inside the pavilion. Sheaves and stars can be seen on the coffered ceiling of the Entry Hall; in the hall of the Stalingrad region, sunflowers are found on a molded wreath that frames the dome, and the combination of laurel leaves and stars is repeated in the frame of its portals. Sheaves and ears of corn are the elements that were often used to decorate the pavilions of VDNKh.

When making front doors, specialists will be guided by historical drawings and photographs of the 1950s.

“The doors will be made of glued pine beams and will be faced with oak strips. Wooden decorative elements such as moldings, bumpers and strips will also be made of oak. All recreated wooden elements will be treated with antiseptics, then they will be primed, tinted and covered with frost-resistant varnish. Tempered glass inserts will be installed in the canvases. Decorative grilles and overlays on the sash and the central impost will be cast from aluminum, then they will be oxidized to a bronze finish, ”added Igor Purynov.

An automatic door opening and closing system will be installed. This is the safest option for visitors, given that the door leaves are heavy and large (the total size of the entire door is 2993 by 4295 meters). The handles-rings will also be restored – there are similar ones on the front doors of Pavilion No. 68 “Coal Industry” (formerly “Siberia”), where the exhibition and commercial center of the Republic of Armenia now operates.

This is the safest option for visitors, given that the door leaves are heavy and large (the total size of the entire door is 2993 by 4295 meters). The handles-rings will also be restored – there are similar ones on the front doors of Pavilion No. 68 “Coal Industry” (formerly “Siberia”), where the exhibition and trade center of the Republic of Armenia now operates.

Behind the front doors are the vestibule doors, installed in 1952. They were in poor condition: the wood began to dry out, cracks appeared, the geometry was broken, there was no original fittings. Now they have been put in order – the hinges have been recreated, the old paintwork has been removed, the geometry has been corrected, the missing glazing beads have been installed, with the help of inserts from an array of dark oak, corresponding to the time of making the doors, the lost elements have been replenished. The next step is the reconstruction and installation of bumpers and handles.

After all the restoration work, Pavilion 15 will house the Museum of the Russian Olympic Committee.

VDNKh is a unique public space with more than 80 years of history. On its territory there are 49 cultural heritage sites, including pavilions, sculptural compositions and historical fountains.

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

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