A SOCIALIST CITY: LENINGRAD (1924-1941)
Shortly after the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin died the city was renamed Leningrad (supposedly by public demand). During the years of the Revolution the population of the city had dropped dramatically and the recovery of the once gorgeous city was slow and only partial. From the 1930s onwards economic growth was significant, but came at the very high price of Stalin's regime.
In the late 1920s mass construction
of cheap housing for workers became a very
prominent feature of the Leningrad landscape.
Many cultural centers - "palaces of culture"
were built to provide the city's common folk with
entertainment, clubs and other social activities.
In terms of architecture most of what was built
was rather modern, quite straightforward, but
sometimes still inspirational. The large
apartments of the Imperial
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