SAHARA Highlights: Russia

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Jul 14, 2017

In addition to being a persistent political stumbling block, Russia is a place. This month, we’re calling attention to the rich architectural heritage of Russia, including log churches, neoclassical palaces, and Soviet housing blocks. Twentieth-century Moscow is abundantly represented in the SAHARA collection, but there are also many images of historic buildings in other cities and in the rural hinterlands. 

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Church of Saints Peter and Paul on Sinichya Hill, Novgorod, Novgorodskaya Oblast', Russia, 1185-1192. J. Frasier Muirhead, photographer.

Church of the Birth of the Virgin (Bogoroditsa) at Peryn, Novgorod, Novgorodskaya Oblast', Russia, ca. 1221-1240, restored 1962. J. Frasier Muirhead, photographer.

Church of the Nativity of the Virgin, Peredki, Novgorodskaya Oblast', Russia, 1539. J. Frasier Muirhead, photographer.

Hospital church of Evfimii (Euthymius) the Great, Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kirillov, Vologda region, Russia, 1646. Igor Demchenko, photographer, 2008.

Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli, Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1754-1762. Lauren Soth, photographer.

Konstantin Mel'nikov Konstantin Mel'nikov House, Krivoarbatskii Per. 10, Moscow, Russia, 1927-1929. Evangelos Kotsioris, photographer, 2013.

Il'ya Golosov, "Zuev" House of Culture, Moscow, Russia, 1927-1929. Evangelos Kotsioris, photographer, 2013.

A.D. Meerson and E. Podolskaya, Apartment Building at Begovaia Ul. 34-36, Moscow, Russia, 1965-1973. Evangelos Kotsioris, photographer, 2013.

Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is an international nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs.

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