Photographer's Note

I took this photo on my way to work (due to the kind of my job I visit various areas of Moscow), in the area which is not part of ordinary tourists' tracks :)

I have never seen any foreign tourist in this area, though nearby there is a very famous hotel "Sovetsky". I think foreigners stay there, too.

This building is part of the Architectural Complex; this complex is known as - "Mantashev Stables" (built in the style of Viennese Baroque by 2 Russian architects - brothers A.Vesnin & V. Vesnin). These stables belonged to Alexander Mantashev.** (see the info below)

In early 1990s this complex of buildings was owned by a Moscow theatre. The owners of the theatre dreamt of building a big auditorium, and they thought the best place for their project was the area behind this building. For this purpose the stables which were behind it had to be pulled down.

I must say that so far I can see no construction work going on; it seems to be a building freeze.

This POV is the only POV possible to show the whole building together with the area around it. It's impossible to step farther to take a more panoramis shot: there were many trees and a residential building behind me: besides, the tree brahcnes would block half of the building.

Here is a link to the photo of the same building taken almost from the same POV approximately 100 years ago (I found this photo while browsing the Net in search of the necessary material for this post).

Another photo in the Workshop was taken by myself with my cell phone camera... from a different angle... and on a rainy day.

The words written in Russian on the construction fence (on the right) are the following: "Nation. Motherland. Socialism.".

Next to the building is a car repair shop and a car wash.

** Alexander Mantashev (18421911) was a prominent Armenian oil magnate, industrialist, financier, and a philanthropist. By the end of his life he had become one of the world's wealthiest individuals.
ISO-100; exposure program: manual; metering mode: spot.

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