HISTORY

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The Kuznetskiy Inn is justifiably proud of its history. First, a little information about the checkered past of the famous street where the hotel is located...…

Kuznetskiy Most is one of the oldest streets in Moscow, which appeared during the construction of the Cannon Court, and is named after the Kuznetskiy bridge over the Neglinnaya river that was in the line of the street. In the 17th-18th centuries, the homes of such noble families as the Myasoyedovs, Saltykovs, Gagarins, Shcherbatovs, Dolgorukys, Volynskys, Vorontsovs, Golitsyns and many others were located here. From the 18th century and until the revolution of 1917, Kuznetskiy Most was the main shopping street of Moscow – "a sanctuary of luxury and fashion" famous for its clothing stores, book stores, photo studios and restaurants. The historical traditions of Kuznetskiy Most come right down to us.

Kuznetskiy Most runs through the territory of such occupation layers as the 'Old Kuznetskaya Settlement', the 'Kuznetskiy Bridge" and the 'Zvonarsky settlement', which are protected as cultural heritage of federal importance. The Street abounds with historical and architectural monuments.

For over 100 years (from 1791 to 1918), the estate on the corner of the lane and Petrovka Street belonged to the noble family of the Homyakovs. Currently, the facade of the estate consists of three buildings of different times

The Kuznetskiy Inn is located in a historic building built in 1902-1903 by architects M.K.Geppener and I.A.Ivanov-Schitz in Austrian Art Nouveau style. Art Nouveau architecture scholar M.V.Naschokina believes this building is a piece of art. The building was residential, while the first floor housed the popular Basil barbershop. In his short story 'In a Far Distant Land', I. Bunin recalled: "How many people had their hair cut, shaved at Basil & Theodore's." In 1987, the old 'Basil' was replaced by a newly opened Soviet-Bulgarian hairdressing salon 'Magia'.

The three-storey building with arched windows in the two lower floors was built on the Homyakovs' order in 1870 by the architect. The building is classified as a valuable core urban asset.

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The corner building was constructed in 1900 on the design of I.A. Ivanov-Schitz. In 1931, two floors were added to the building. By its territorial position, the house visually closes the central part of the street. The facade of the building is richly decorated, its appearance is distinguished by large windows and dominating divisions highlighted by the use of different materials. In general, the style of the building is defined by art historians as a 'Noble Style Nouveau' of the Greek type a la Otto Wagner. The ground floor was occupied the G.Volkov & Sons bank, the second and third floors housed the furniture department of the Muir & Mirrielees store, part of the premises were rented as apartments. On the Petrovka side, the house adjoins another building owned Homyakov – a manor house designed by O. Bove, where publicist A.S.Khomyakov lived and entertained many famous cultural figures.

In Soviet times, the building housed various institutions and organizations. At various times, the house was the residence of opera singer N.A.Shepelev, actors L.M.Leonidov and M.P.Bolduman, writer V.A.Obruchev. Scenes from E.Ryazanov's comedy 'Office Romance' were filmed in this house.

The building of the Kuznetskiy Inn has undoubtedly absorbed the energy of past events. Accommodation in 'buildings with history' is a superb choice if you want to feel the 'foot of centuries' or dip in the bliss of antiquity.

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