Friday, November 24, 2017

Brick house on Melnikov declared newest historical site in Yekaterinburg

A large historical brick house located at 14 Melnikov Street in Yekaterinburg was recently declared the city's newest historical and cultural monument by the Russian Society for Historic Preservation and Cultural Organization.

"This is the home of the early twentieth century, with elements of classicism," Oleg Bukin, the historic society's chairman on the Sverdlovsk branch, said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "Work [was] underway to save it for a long time, but the threat of demolition has not yet been passed. Thanks to the owner of the house--agreed to provide their own money for examination. This happens infrequently."

Most recently, the house was privately owned and occupied by Dmitry Ovsyannikov and his family. Shortly after Ovsyannikov purchased the home, flood waters destroyed large portions of the estate, leaving only a vintage oven intact.

"Many of the documents are lost," Ovsyannikov said, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports. "The first entry in the BTI made in the 30s of last century. It says the house has received a bequest widow with two children. I think that the very first documents must be sought not in the city archives, [but in the offices of a] building plot [controlled by the] leadership of the Top-Isetsky plant."

Despite the extensive damage to the home, its placement on the list of historical buildings in Yekaterinburg will prevent the building from being demolished.

Officials have offered to purchase the home from Ovsyannikov, but he declined, opting instead to restore the property and continue to reside within it, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.