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The whole block on the other side of the square is occupied by a single huge ? even by modern standards ? building, known as the Palace of Labor (the former tenant house of the All-Russian Russia Insurance Society (architect I. Petro, 1916). This is one of the many tenant houses, typical for Kharkiv, in which residential and trade premises were combined. Such houses were usually erected in trade squares and adjacent streets and usually fulfilled a certain style-forming function.

The building of the Russia Insurance Society completed the western side of former Nikolayevska Square (nowadays 1, Constitution Square) and set the construction scale for Pavlovska Square (Rosa Luxembourg Square) next to it. The six-storied trapezium-shaped neo-classical building, in addition to the street-facing sections, also had two other ones forming inner yards. Residential premises on the upper floors had a corridor-section type of layout with convenient landings in the corners and in the middle of each section in the side yards. The central yard aimed for the passage-type department store had no entrances to the stairwells. The central yard served as a passageway to Kvitka-Osnovyanenko street.

Functionally the building hasn?t changed much: there are still shops on the lower floors, the upper ones are being occupied by the regional offices of trade unions, Boards of Directors of Research and Technology groups and office premises.

The Palace of Labor connects Rosa Luxembourg Square and Constitution Square. The latter used to house almost all financial and bank establishments of the city.

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  • Written Feb 14, 2008
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