The House on the Embankment (1931, architect B. Iofan) is the first government residential building designed for the Soviet bureaucracy.
The illusion of universal equality in a just Soviet society quickly faded into oblivion, and the house was intended for a new, privileged class. This building of dreams was equipped with comforts unbelievable for those times: hot water, telephones, kitchens, a dry cleaner’s, kindergarten, and cinema. The Stalinist purges logically concentrated around the inhabitants of this very house – the purges primarily affected government circles. Two-thirds of the residents were repressed, including the chairman of Rykov’s government, Marshal Tukhachevsky. The house became a symbol of this terrible time.
This does not keep the current residents of this building from being happy - many popular and wealthy Russians like to buy apartments there. Patriarch Kirill even has an apartment in the House on the Embankment.
This interesting tour includes visiting a small apartment museum, as well as a tale of the history of a Soviet utopia reflected in the destinies of this building’s residents.