Study of City Blocks
A practice of all-encompassing study of the history and areas of the city

We have studied two city blocks where branches of the Ekaterinburg History Museum are located. The idea of the project was not only to understand these places better but also build relationships with the direct neighbors of the museum—various institutions, businesses, and residents.
Block No. 89

The history of the block where our three museums are located. Situated in the city center, it represents a mini Ekaterinburg. This block has survived all stages of the city's formation and at different times included almost all kinds of social institutions (a hospital, a school, a bank, a cemetery, residential buildings, a park, a museum, restaurants, etc.). In terms of the historical concentration of institutions and organizations, it can be considered the most musical and most media-friendly city block. Today, it has residential buildings, educational institutions, business and cultural institutions, as well as numerous restaurants.

We have studied the history of most of its residents in great detail. For instance, we know everyone who lived there in 1916 or in 1932. This is a story of certain individuals. We have created a dedicated website for the project and held a series of excursions, inviting the residents. You can also take a virtual walk around the block in the company of the head of the scientific and information department of the museum, Evgeny Burdenkov.

Virtual Museum at 52 Lenina Avenue
In December 2021, the Museum took over a site in one of Gospromural buildings at 52 Lenina Avenue. Those buildings are known as the largest communal house in the Soviet Union and occupy an entire block. The museum began to explore the history of the Gospromural complex and particularly, house No. 52 on Lenina Avenue. In addition to archival work, an Interview School was held to collect private stories of the complex residents. We also launched the project Neighbors on Lenina Avenue. It allowed us to unite the most active residents around the idea of reconstruction of the complex and its cultural reset.

As a result, the residents of the complex collected and told stories, tidied up the yards, held tours, created various art objects and organized a New Year party for the neighborhood. The website helped us localize all the best practices of the museum and its residents. The website features an interactive 3D model of the building, historical materials, interviews, history of the local community, a development strategy, and a museum guide.

Learn more about the website

The core of the virtual museum is a 3D model of the building complex displayed on the project website. For the first time in Ekaterinburg, a complete three-dimensional model of a historical building of the constructivism era was created. This model helps you see all its details. The 3D model is displayed in the highest possible resolution and allows you to explore the complex in a free walk mode. Due to the large scale of the model, you can only do it on a desktop computer or a high-end smartphone. An interactive 2D model is also available on the website. Visitors can get familiar with the stories of the complex residents, local organizations, and events that once took place there. In total, there are 25 stories available.

The second component of the website is a series of articles about the history of the complex itself and its architecture. The museum staff has studied a lot of archival materials, thus getting a better understanding of what Gospromural was, and how house No. 52 on Lenina Avenue, its integral part, was designed.

The third section of the website is dedicated to the stories of its residents. This complex was built for the scientific and industrial elite of the region and for many years they had been a place of accommodation for engineering and scientific workers. For example, about ten candidates and doctors of chemical sciences used to live there. Among the residents there were also managers, artists, doctors, and teachers. Today, the website already stores over 30 stories from residents, and more are coming soon.

Yet another section of the website is dedicated to the recent past, present, and future of the complex. In particular, it's about history of street art objects located within the complex, the experience of developing the local community of residents of houses No. 52 and 54 on Lenina Avenue, the plans of the Ekaterinburg History Museum to transform and develop the new venue, etc.

As a virtual museum of a residential building and an architectural monument within the territory of Russia, the website "" can only be compared with the project dedicated to the Bulgakov House in Moscow. These two projects are without peer.

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