Krasnodar, 23 October. 0+ - Elena, you are very fond of old Krasnodar, why?
- First of all, I pay attention to the old center of any city I visit. History, beauty of architecture, alignment of the city plan... This is what connects us with the past, which should be passed on to the new generation, so that interest in culture as a whole is not lost.
- How do you feel about the development of the city center?
- I am saddened by what our center is today. There are a lot of unsightly places, which makes the look unhappy and unpleasant. Besides, it seems to me wrong to dilute with single high-rise buildings the historical development formed by decades. This “skyscraper” district is created outside the old center. Take, for example, London, Paris, Barcelona - everywhere this way. It is unfortunate that today the ensemble, left by the famous merchant-mecenate Mark Likhatsky, has been lost: his mansion, the first baths of Yekaterinodar and the Severny Theater, which is now buried under the hotel’s building.
- Which building, do you think, requires special attention? - It is impossible to react calmly to the fact that the beautiful Moorish House with two towers on Pushkin Street is being ruined. It should be a pride, any city would first of all include it in the list of objects that are sure to be visited. In our city, it was enclosed with a two-meter fence, which caused it to be halved, and five garbage cans were placed near the facade of such an attractive building that deprived tourists of the opportunity to take pictures of the mansion. This is, at least, indifference to the center’s attractiveness. Attention is also required to the house number 13 on Kondratenko Street, formerly Korotkaya. The two-storey mansion, architect Kosyakin’s house, is currently deteriorating. Previously, there were lawsuits against it; it passed from hand to hand, so it could not even be maintained in the proper form.
- Which building in the city do you admire?
- I love all ancient buildings. I admire the architecture of the Pushkin Museum. I admire the architecture of the Kovalenko Museum, the green house at the corner of the Gymnasium and Red Streets, the heritage of A.A. Kozlov, his own design of the balneotherapy clinic at 61 Zakharova Street.
- What creates the spirit of the times at “Osobnyak”?
- The historical atmosphere in the museum is supported by the interior, which we recreated from ancient photographs and genre-life canvases of Makovsky and Zhukovsky. Pay attention to the piano from 1913. Imagine how our mansion illustrates it! When I bought the instrument, I did not know about the year of production. But it turned out that there was a factory stamp under the first key. What a surprise it was, because the museum is dedicated to the culture and everyday life of the early XX century, and the Silver Age of Yekaterinodar!
- Is the museum-theater more than just a hobby for you?
- It is a new facet of life. Or even a completely new life. I have devoted thirty years to jurisprudence and have achieved a lot, if we talk about the career ladder. All this time I knew that I was doing my favorite thing.
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