11 Amazing Russian Design of the Late 19th Century

Amazing Russian Design of the Late 19th Century

Posted on October 1, 2012 by team


The Russian architecture of the pre-revolutionary period can be highlighted as a separate type. Here we have collected a lot of pictures of Russian churches, country houses, fishing houses, theatrical decorations and household items: they all belong to that very period of Russia before the communist revolution.

Fishing house stand at the water.

The box that might keep some treasures.

The country house that even does not look real.

Another country house has many interesting details.

Toilets were so cool!

It must be nice to wash at such a wash-stand.

This is a detail of a country house.

People used to visit bath houses very often.

Another bath house that resembles some fairy tale palace.

Summer houses often had many nice patterns.

In such a booth they used to sell religious literature.

Such windows are not spread widely today.

To such theatres they used to go for entertainment.

It reads: “Moscow is for people”

It’s nice to see performances from such a box.

Gates to a city looked like this.

The door looks nice.

This is a balcony of a country house.

Country house that looks like a mansion.

The wooden belfry is like a little house.

What a good place for evening meetings it is!

This one is also nice.

Village pupils studied in such a school.

The country house has a lot of small details and patterns.

People used to have such barns.

This is an example of a facade typical for that time.

This one is even more beautiful.

It’s a church.

Another summer house of the past time.

This is how a chandelier of that time could look like.

The country house resembles a palace.

Details of the country house are drawn.

It’s an iconostasis.

This is a pavillion.

Such pavillions were used to entertain people.

Another summer house that looks perfect.

It’s hard to believe it’s a stove.

This summer house is not so big.

Such decorations were used to beautify roofs.

This is another example of a barn.

Here people could buy magazines and papers.

Руку a forester used to live.

Such cupboards could be found in beautiful country houses.

Another pavillion brought quiet hours to people.

This is a village school.

And these are some details of its building.

These are details of a stove.

A nice kitchen had to have a nice salt shaker…

… and a cupboard.

A village school had such details.

And these are church details.

Village schools were often like masterpieces.

Another country house that resembles a mansion.

It is pity that no many houses like this have been preserved till today.

This is a facade of some house. 1879.

Some Russian cities still have some examples of such old architecture, but rather often they prefer not to restore but replace them with modern high-rise buildings.

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11 Responses to “Amazing Russian Design of the Late 19th Century”

  1. whistleblower says:

    amazing and very beautiful, a pity that Russia is no longer that of the past years, only a concrete desert…

  2. AnthonyP says:

    Very Victoria Gothic with a Russian Twist or should I say Tsar twist?

  3. Maria van Overbeek says:

    It looks pretty ridicule to me……

  4. daniel says:

    I think this is all computer generated images CG. through a cad software. Strange how the sun is always shining from the same angel in the photos and the image color pattern is similar and the over all ” look “. I work doing CG with a CAD tool and this can all be done with simple render tool and a vector generated drawing software .

  5. Erik says:

    Beautiful! These things should be built!

  6. supplyme says:

    What you are forgetting to say is that these kinds of buildings would only be built for the smallest part of the russian population… most of the people lived in wooden huts (farmers) or in overcrowded, dirty, small flats (workers) without running water or heating!
    I like the buildings you posted here, but please always keep in mind their purpose.

    • Joel says:

      Why would he need to point this out? That isn’t the point of the post. This post is to simply show examples of beautiful architecture found in Russia. Whether or not it is widespread throughout the land is irrelevant.

  7. guest says:

    Looks like the LOTR set (Rohan)

  8. Tolis says:

    The Hyperborean way of Greek Byzantine Architecture!

  9. Bruce says:

    Well, the drawings are well-crafted, especially the animals and people, but the architectural sensibility is truly primitive with all those vertical edifices stuck on willy nilly. Sometimes the proportions are simply ugly, the lines forming a patchwork without a sense of whole. Nutty waste of craftsmanship. But thank you for posting. It is interesting indeed.

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