The history of St. Petersburg’s architecture after the October Revolution is full of tragic moments. Unfortunately, even after the fall of the Soviet Union, many unbelievably beautiful buildings have not been restored. In the ’90s they were privatized and the new owners haven’t taken care of them.
Dacha Gauswald is one of the architectural monuments which is still alive, but it will be probably destroyed forever. However, there is still a chance to visit this spot and look at Russia’s first wooden art nouveau building.
The house was built in 1898 for the master baker Gauswald and his wife. Some experts suppose that the style of Dacha Gauswald was taken from the classic English cottage architecture, while others believe it is reminiscent of the Bavarian style.
In the first years after the October Revolution, the house was occupied by street children who lived there until 1923. They took everything they could get to. Later, it became a place for workers of the Leningrad metal factory.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Dacha Gauswald was purchased by a private company that has not done anything with the building for 20 years. According to the authorities, it should be destroyed soon. However, this action is being constantly postponed.
I recently checked out how it looks. Unfortunately, it’s in a very deplorable state. The only question is why… There is no security in the building, so it’s not a problem to go there and touch the history… it will disappear soon.