Krasnodar, 5 March. A reconstruction of Merchant Likhatsky’s Mansion and the adjacent area confined between Dlinnaya and Krasnoarmeiskaya streets will soon begin in Krasnodar.
The City Hall wants to turn the neighbourhood into a historical corner reflecting the life of the ancient city of Yekaterinodar.
The city authorities plan to restore the historical environment of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th centuries. The lost urban landscape is to be fully restored – up to the benches and street lanterns of that epoch.
The area adjacent to Likhatsky’s Mansion contains eight other objects valuable from the historical viewpoint – together they occupy nearly a half of the quarter. When the authorities decided to think of the destiny of the neighbourhood, they planned to hire investors that could perform the restoration works. But all investors’ initiatives were of purely commercial character – like, an offer to buy the entire building and open a restaurant there. Many local dwellers did not like the idea. So the Mayor’s Office also considered it unacceptable to remove the historical building from municipal property.
Vladimir Runov, a professor of the Krasnodar State Institute of Culture and well-known Kuban author, believes that the reconstruction of suchlike edifices will let the local people dive into the olden epoch:
“Krasnodar has lots of houses with a rich history, and they all should be returned to ‘correct’ form. All houses built during the historical period of Likhatsky’s Manor make up our architectural legacy – they represent the heyday of Kuban smithcraft. This is why I fully support such decisions.”
Ilya Volodko, General Director of MACON Consulting Company, thinks it fit to finance the restoration project from the city budget:
“This object is of a big historical value. For the city budget, the sum [needed for its reconstruction] would not be huge, so I consider the Mayor’s Office’s decision to assume the financial cost of the reconstruction works as correct.”
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