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Stairs at the Gorky House in Moscow...

Writer Maxim Gorky's residence from 1931 to 1936, this remarkable home is a stunning example of art nouveau architecture, highlighted by a twisting marble staircase, stained glass roof and flowery mosaic and stucco decorations.
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Ryabushinsky Mansion (Gorky House) -

F. O. Shekhtel, architecture, constructed an asymmetric two-storey building with a huge porch for a millionaire S. P. Ryabushinsky, banker and manufacturer, a very prominent figure in business life of the capital. He was an old-believer and owner of the best icon collections in Russia. The facades are fronted with enameled brick, mosaic frieze with fleur-de-lis depictions and smooth walls are cut in big windows. Such extravagant exterior decoration fits perfectly comfort and rationality of enclosure pattern and tastefulness of the interior. Rooms are grouped around the main stairs and inwrought in wood. The composition is old-Russian style oriented. Ante-revolutionary Moscow guides called the building florid, cutesy, it didnt fir masterpieces of Empire architecture, standing nearby. However, unusual look of the building is explained by Ryabushinsky being and old-believer. State publishing house was located in the building in 1919 and All-Union Society of overseas cultural relationship was located in 1925-1931. Later the mansion was given to M. Gorky who had just returned to the USSR. M.Gorky museum was opened there in 1995.
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