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A four-storied building with protruding windows and a small tower on the corner of the square and the avenue catches one?s eye. Erected in 1849 in classical traditions by architect R. Danylov for clergy visitors, it initially used to have three floors. It was called the Fraternity House of the Dormition Cathedral and was one of the first multistoried buildings in town. In 1900 the house was overhauled by architects B. Mykhalovskyi and M. Lovtsov and got its present look. Today it houses various companies and organizations.

Further up the eastern side of the square there starts a row of the most interesting bank buildings dating back to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. They created a splendid architectural ensemble of the former Nikolayevska Square.

Banks began playing a major role in the country?s economy in the second half of the 19th century. Thus their buildings, forming the business part of the city, were of primary importance for its development. It was an absolutely new architectural type emerging in the capitalism era when the rapid growth of trade, manufacture, railway roads resulted in the ever increasing demand for new buildings whose architecture and functional load were different from the more patriarchal houses.

As architectural landmarks of a particular historical period the banks reflected its artistic tendencies. Their facades, faced with expensive stone, decorated with columns, sculptures and portals became a characteristic feature of business Kharkiv. The exteriors were emphatically monumental: solemn, secure facades were aimed to demonstrate their owners? reliability, respectability and financial power.

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  • Written Feb 18, 2008
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