House of Books, St. Petersburg

House of Books, St. Petersburg

The House of Books was one of the first bookstores in Russia. It is also one of the most prolific bookstores in St. Petersburg. The structure, constructed from 1902 to 1904 by architect Pavel Suzor, features an Art-Nouveau Neoclassical design. Estonian Amandus Adamson performed the sculpture work. Initially, the House of Books was to be a skyscraper for the Singer Sewing Machine Company.

The building codes in St. Petersburg did not allow buildings to be taller than the Tsar’s Winter Palace. The architect found an alternative to this rule by constructing a top tower crowned by a glass globe. This gave the impression of a taller building, seven floors, without obstructing any nearby five-story structures.

The building remained in the Singer family until 1919 when it became the property of the Petrograd State Publishing House. From 1919 on, the building housed a bookstore, several of Leningrad’s publishing houses, a music store, and a foreign literature store. In addition, court photographer Sergey Levitsky had a photo studio at this location.

The store sells books in English, French, German, and many other languages. They also have postcards, calendars, handbooks, greeting cards, and children’s books. English speaking staff is available to help American visitors.
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Sight Name: House of Books
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour  

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