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There is an administrative building dating back to the second half of the 19th century on the other corner of the lane. It used to be the City Duma, nowadays it is the City Hall (7, Constitution square).

For a certain period of time only the governor?s palaces had been classified as administrative buildings, though in the second half of the 19th century, due to the development of more sophisticated forms of social life, the list of administrative buildings was expanded. At first state and public organizations used to rent their premises. As their functions and tasks abounded, the necessity for special-purpose administrative buildings emerged.

The issue of erecting the building for the City Duma was raised in 1874. The construction design project competitions had taken more than ten years. The facts from the Construction Weekly, on whose pages these projects were discussed, testify to the zeal with which «the city fathers» had been selecting the winner.

The construction started in 1885 and went on so fast that by April 1886 the five-storied monumental construction had been completed. It perfectly fitted the existing architectural ensemble of Nikolayevska Square by dominating its western side.

In 1931?1932 the building was reconstructed (architects V. Trotsenko, V. Pushkarev, V. Peti), but burned down during the Nazi occupation of Kharkiv.

Its post-war reconstruction is, in fact, a new building, in which its authors (architects V. Kostenko, Yu. Chebotarev, engineer V. Kharlamov, 1947?1954) preserved the style of an administrative building, but also emphasized its national character. A specific coloring is provided by the tower, which looks like the successor to medieval town halls and magistracies. The national style is seen in the relief bands with the elements of Ukrainian patterns.

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  • Written Feb 14, 2008
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