Counting Room 13: A Tour of the Myasnitskaya Street Neighbourhood


From 2 August 2014




It is difficult to imagine the life of a modern city without offices. However, what is now referred to as an “office” used to bear the more modest and cozy title “counting room,” immortalized by the writers Ilf and Petrov in their cult novels The Golden Calf and The 12 Chairs. Counting rooms became widespread during the introduction of the New Economic Policy (NEP) in the 1920s, which means that Moscow’s office culture is already 90 years old and counting. How and by whom was the business Moscow of the 1920s built? What masterpieces of 20th-century administrative architecture adorn our city? Find out many interesting and unusual facts about the capital’s office life in “Counting Room 13.” 

Tour duration: 3 hours. 

Meeting Point: Krasnye Vorota Metro Station, by the Mikhail Lermontov statue. 

Price: 400 to 800 roubles, ARTFriend card holders are eligible for a discount. 

The number of places in each group is limited. Please book beforehand. Call +7 (495) 645-05-20 for additional information. 


Zhanna Sevostyanova has been a tour guide with Garage since 2009. She received her degree in graphic design from the Moscow Institute of Art and Industry. Since her childhood, she has been enthralled by urban architecture, especially buildings constructed in the 1920s and 1930s.