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Building of Company Singer

This famous building on Nevsky Prospect was built for the American company ”Singer” in 1902-1904. The latter wanted to have a skyscraper built in the city but that was forbidden. No buildings were allowed to be built higher than the Winter Palace (23.5m). The company still managed, with help from architect Pavel Suzor, to build an art-nouveau building six-floor high instead of the usual four floors, by reducing the heights of the ceilings. Its angle facade, looking like a tower, is surmounted by a dome. It is crowned with a 2.8 meters wde globe. Since 1919, a bookshop occupies a great part of the 7,000 sq-m of the building. It is now commonly called ”Dom Knigi” (the book house).
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