August 9, 16, 23, 30; September 6, 11
Garage Cooperative. The Walk from Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage to White Square
Guide: Valery Serikov
For a Soviet man, an own garage was a second home, a stronghold of freedom, and a symbol of masculine fulfillment. Likewise, Konstantin Melnikov’s Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage was once the home for the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture which gave renewed impetus to the developing Russian art. The itinerary was inspired by the Constructivist motive of the Transport House and runs a long distance spanning a handful of garage buildings designed by Melnikov, Ilya Golosov’s expressive Zuev Workers’ Club, Panteleimon Golosov’s strictly symmetrical edifice of Pravda newspaper, and many other pieces of architectural avant-garde. The promenade also captures a number of famous but rarely-visited historical locations from past centuries.
Tour duration: 3 hours
Meeting location: Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, the Obraztsova Street side; Obraztsova St., 11, Bldg 1A.
Valery Serikov, a historian, Yelets State University alumnus, and expert in Soviet architecture, has been a tour guide for Garage Center for Contemporary Culture since 2009.