Actor's House of A.A .Yablochkina
35 Arbat Street
How to reach the object: M: Arbatskaya, Smolenskaya
The seven-storey house in neo-gothic style, known as the Actor’s House of A.A. Yablochkina, or the House with the Knights, occupies an entire block between Kaloshin and Krivoarbatsky Lanes, and is reminiscent of a castle guarding the sculptures of knights in armour.
House number 35 on Old Arbat was built in 1913 in a project by architect Valentin Evgenievich Dubovsky. The actor’s house was envisaged as a multifunctional complex and was distinguished by the apartments’ rich furnishings. It successfully survived the revolution of 1917 and German bombings during the Great Patriotic War.
The historical interiors were significantly changed during a capital renovation of the building in the 1970s. The house was the location of various institutions of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR. The jewellery shop Samotsvety was located on the first floor, where stained glass windows decorated the displays.
By order of President Boris Yeltsin, the building at 35 Arbat was handed out for charity use to the Actor’s House of A.A. Yablochkina . Creative evenings and concerts are currently held here.