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Communism on Tomorrow Street: The Soviet Union’s Revolution in Mass Housing after Stalin Steven E. Harris George Mason University February 19, 2014.

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1 Communism on Tomorrow Street: The Soviet Union’s Revolution in Mass Housing after Stalin Steven E. Harris George Mason University February 19, 2014 Yurii Pimenov, “Wedding on Tomorrow Street” (1962)

2 Example of elite, pre-revolutionary housing in St
Example of elite, pre-revolutionary housing in St. Petersburg: the Moruzi House, 24/27 Liteinyi prospekt. Source:

3 THE “KOMMUNALKA” – THE COMMUNAL APARTMENT
Floor plan of a contemporary St. Petersburg kommunalka. Each room is accessible off the common central hallway; measurements in feet. Source:

4 THE “KOMMUNALKA” – THE COMMUNAL APARTMENT
The kitchen of a kommunalka. The long corridor of a kommunalka. A family drinking tea at the dining room table in their own room. A family’s room served several functions. Source:

5 “A SEPARATE APARTMENT FOR EVERY FAMILY”
Nikita S. Khrushchev * Leader of the Soviet Union, A Khrushchev-era apartment building in St. Petersburg, October Photographed by the author.

6 Leningrad Brasilía Chicago Paris
Source: Dmitrii Gubin et al., Real’nyi Peterburg (St. Petersburg, 1999), Source: Norma Evenson, Paris: A Century of Change, (New Haven, 1979), 262. Brasilía Chicago Source: James Holston, The Modernist City (Chicago, 1989), 176 Source: Arnold Hirsch, Making the Second Ghetto (Chicago, 1998), 244.

7 Floor plans for a four-apartment section in mass housing built under Khrushchev. K. Metel’skii, “Predlozheniia proektirovshchikov MITEPa,” Arkhitektura SSSR, no. 6 (1962); 13.

8 Ilya Ehrenberg ( ) author of The Thaw (1954) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ( ) * author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)

9 Sectional furniture in a living/dining room
Sectional furniture in a living/dining room. This room was part of a 1959 furniture exhibition in Moscow. Source: N. Luppov, “O vsesoiuznom konkurse na luchshuiu mebel’,” Dekorativnoe iskusstvo SSSR, no. 5 (1959): 9.

10 MOVING TO THE SEPARATE APARTMENT
Yuri Pimenov, “Wedding on Tomorrow Street” (1962) The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Yuri Pimenov, “A Lyrical House-Warming” Source: Rabotnitsa, no. 5 (1967), 10.

11 MASS HOUSING AND THE COLD WAR: THE “KITCHEN DEBATE”
Khrushchev and Nixon at the American Exhibition in Moscow, 1959


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