SOVIET SKYSCRAPERHOTEL LENINGRADSKAYA.
Ink and wash architectural drawing of the "Hotel at Kalanchyovskaya Square," (now called Komsomolskaya Square) 1308 x 757 mm (sight), 1952. Framed and glazed.
An architect's drawing of the front elevation of the Hotel Leningradskaya in Moscow, one of 'seven sisters' skyscrapers commissioned as part of the development of the city in the final years of Stalin's regime. Built between 1947 and 1954 as a symbol of the power of Moscow and the new Russia after World War II, the "Seven Sisters" (as the skyscrapers were known) were an emotive Stalinist architectural project in Russian Baroque and Gothic intended to promote Russia as a modern urban society. In many ways the style casts back to the art deco buildings that proliferated in New York and other American cities in the 1920s and 30s. The seven buildings were mainly occupied by administrative functions or built as hotels. The Leningradskaya, completed in 1954, is now one of the foremost hotels in the Hilton group.