Boris Iofan (1891-1976) was Stalin’s favorite architect “in the royal household.”
Born in Odessa, he gained his education in Italy (in Rome there are several building that he built) and then returned to a new country – Soviet Russia. He became the creator of many landmark projects in Soviet-era Moscow, starting with the first government residential building, the House on the Embankment
, and also the Worker and the Kolkhoz Woman
He won the competition for Stalin’s brainchild – a 400-meter Palace of the Soviets
in the form of a pedestal under a gigantic statue of Lenin. The twists in Iofan’s fate are ambiguous, and the main project in his life (the Palace of the Soviets) never came to life.
Our guide will tell you about this architect’s life, and show you his main projects in Moscow, on a themed tour.