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Graznov’s apartment building

17/1 Ostozhenka Street
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The house was constructed as an apartment building for a tea merchant, but later it became the clinic, where Patriarch Tikhon died.
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The house was constructed as an apartment building for a tea merchant, but later it became the clinic, where Patriarch Tikhon died.

Before restoration in 2000s house 17 and 19 on Ostozhenka looked as one building. So it was in 1920's, when the clinic was opened here. However, the house number 17 is an independent apartment building, commissioned by the major tea merchant V.I. Graznov and built in 1901. The famous architect L. Kekushev designed the building.

Kekushev family acquires a plot of land on Ostozhenka street in 1900. Architect planned to build a house for himself and his wife here. V.I. Grjaznov became a neighbor of Kekushev. He handed the architect the construction of apartment building. The City council was filed a draft signed by the young architect S.S. Schutzmann in 1901, but experts said that the building is definitely one of the Kekushev’s houses.

Schutzmann was a constant helper of Kekushev. Unfortunately, this talented, well- educated architect lost his sight early. However Kekushev continued to support him and supply orders. Perhaps this explains the fact that the project was signed by the assistant of the well-known master.

Graznov’s House at Ostozhenka street is a small three-story building with a basement. The facade is decorated with a light balcony and a higher portion of the corner of the building is decorated with a semi-circular window with knights’ masks. Graznov’s house is directly adjacent to the Kekushev’s house on the right side and looks as a common structure.

A small square is now on the left hand side of the house. A small church of Resurrection on Ostozhenka was at this place until 1935. The design of the house facade had much in common with this neighbor. Unfortunately, it is impossible now to estimate this combination.

House 17 and 19 were combined in 1920s. One of the Moscow hospitals where A.I. Bakunin worked as the surgeon took the house. Patriarch Tikhon died here in 1925. The word “Hospital” was written on the plate by the entrance of the house in the 1980s. Graznov’s apartment building was restored and visually separated from the adjacent building in the 2000s.

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