Elisseeff Emporium, St. Petersburg

Elisseeff Emporium, St. Petersburg

The Elisseff Emporium is a retail establishment located on the Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg. The five-story granite building was built from 1902 to 1903 and features an Art Nouveau design. The emporium was designed by Gabriel Baranovskii for the Elisseeff Brothers.

The Elisseeff Brothers were sons of the founder of the Elisseeff Trading House. Although the structure is actually three buildings, it is the building on the corner that is known as the Elisseeff Store. Although the theater lost its original interiors during a 1960s renovation, it is one of the few design elements, along with the lower hallway, that survives to this day.

The building design reflects its purpose and features everything a retail establishment would need to succeed. Large hallways and storage rooms, a performance theater, refrigerated rooms, and walk-in/drive-in coolers make this structure a premium choice for commerce. The building is decorated with the symbols of commerce, industry, science, and the arts. A stained glass window fills a large arch and connects each of the buildings to each other.

The Elisseeff Brothers operated the establishment until 1917. From 1917 until the 1990s the shop was owned and operated by the Soviet government. Since 1995, the Parnas M has owned the shop. The shop has been closed since 2009 for repairs.
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Sight Name: Elisseeff Emporium
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour  

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