Magazine article Russian Life

It's Final: Moskva Hotel to Come Down (Both of Them). (Practical Traveler)

Magazine article Russian Life

It's Final: Moskva Hotel to Come Down (Both of Them). (Practical Traveler)

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A definitive decision has been taken to tear down the Moskva Hotel, situated right next to the Kremlin in the capital. Moscow authorities have long felt the Moskva was too stodgy for its prestigious location, and that it is in too great a state of disrepair to be saved (see previous issues of Russian Life). It has now been announced that the hotel will be closed by July 30 and that demolition work will start on September 15. A new, five-star hotel, to be built according to the initial 1930s plans of Soviet architects Shchusev, Saveliev and Stapran, will reportedly be completed by 2006.

Russian media reported this spring that City Hall's plans to rebuild the Moskva met with resistance at the Culture Ministry, which insists the hotel represents the city's historical and cultural heritage, that it must not be demolished. Vremya Novostei reported this May that Moscow architectural experts were planning to sue Moscow authorities in court for choosing the gaudiest "empire style" plan from among those drafted in the 1930s. …

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