Hope you are having wonderful Friday and getting ready for a wonderful weekend.
I have prepared an eye-candy for you for this evening. Those are pictures from Instagram of maax _sf . This guy is walking around Saint Petersburg and collecting pictures of what is left of the houses built before the Revolution (1917) (dream job!).
As you probably know when Communists came to power they confiscated housing from rich people and gave it to working class – usually 1 apartment from former aristocrat could be shared between 5 sometimes 10 families.
On these photos it is incredible to see how elegance, exquisiteness and wealth was mixed with poverty, squalor and hopelessness of the Soviet Era. Well, not only Soviet, because people do still live the way it is shown on the photos.
It feels great though that historical heritage in many of them still exists and amazing plasterwork was not just covered with recessed ceilings. It would be great if some of these properties will find the owners who will appreciate all beauty of the past and make an effort to preserve it and renovate.
If you are interested in various interior design styles, check out my “History of Styles” book where I describe main features and characteristics of each period: