In the section "Where do you work" we talk about the iconic non-residential buildings of Nizhny Novgorod. In this issue - a branch of the bank, which is located in the former Old Believer church on Minina Street.
Life around found out why “a holy place does not exist empty”, how the biblical frescoes in the Soviet children's detention center survived, and what emotions people who perform secular affairs in front of the saints feel.
"Old Believers Church"
Build Date: 1865 year
Total area: more than 80 square meters meters
Authors of the reconstruction project:
"Architectural bureau" BLiK "
The number of employees: 70 people
In the first half of the 1860s, the city authorities divided the quarter at the beginning of the current Minin Street into several separate sections and sold it to private individuals for development. In 1865, the merchant Ivan Durbazhev erected a stone two-story house, and later bought the neighboring empty territory overlooking the embankment, and thus a single estate developed, changing owners until 1912, until it was acquired by the Nizhny Novgorod merchant Dmitry Vasilyevich Sirotkin.
In 1916, a neoclassical-style mansion was built on the site of the building on the project of young architects, the Vesnin brothers, in which the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum is now located. The owner of the estate, a shipbuilder, inventor and mayor, among other things, belonged to the zealous Old Believers and published the journal Church. Therefore, Sirotkin decides to reconstruct the building overlooking Minin Street as an Old Believer church, which at that time caused a lot of resistance from the representatives of the ruling church. However, by 1914, work in the part of the building where the chapel was located was successfully completed: on the second floor there were arches painted in the manner of Palekh masters, and a belfry with a tetrahedral tent was also being erected.
In this form, the house existed before the revolution, in 1918 the Second Children's Receiver was located in it, in the 1930s it was an art college, and even later it was adapted for housing, or rather, for communal apartments.
All that has been preserved from pre-revolutionary times inside and is of historical value is those painted vaults of the chapel, which miraculously survived even under Soviet rule, only because they were closed at some point by a wooden false ceiling and were successfully forgotten. After the resettlement of communal apartments in 1998, the building was included in the List of newly discovered monuments of history and culture and even raised the question of its transfer to the State Art Museum, but the chance was missed, the building passed into the hands of a private person, and in 2002-2003. it was restored, the belfry was re-erected, the vault paintings were cleared and tenants were placed - VTB24 commercial bank.
How is the building arranged now
In addition to the facades, the impressive history of the house does not resemble anything. Inside, there are standard offices, a chapel is also used for a new purpose - the space is divided by partitions for meeting rooms and offices, and everything looks pretty normal, but only until the client or bank employee looks up.
How does it work here
What surprised me the most and what I got used to for a long time - this is the acoustics of the room: any whisper is heard from the other end of the hall
I supervise the work of the mortgage units of the Nizhny Novgorod region, I have been working in the bank for more than six years, and until recently, my office was in this building. What surprised me most and what I got used to for a long time was the acoustics of the room: you can hear any whisper from the other end of the hall. It works beautifully, customers don’t have to get bored in line with a specialist - everyone looks at the ceilings, someone searches for information on the Internet or later asks employees. For us, these questions have already become habitual: where did this come from, why not painted over? Some, of course, are outraged and blame us for blasphemy.
The status of the building imposes certain restrictions on us, more precisely to a greater extent even on our landlords, sometimes a special inspection comes in charge of the safety of such objects. But we are provided with everything that is necessary for work: without damage to the room, lamps are suspended, partitions are installed. And in other rooms everything is completely standard and modern, there is no historical value left there.
In general, the location of the building is captivating: at the very heart of the city, at lunch you can walk to the Kremlin or take a walk along the promenade with a wonderful view, get inspired or relax. Next door is the Rukavishnikovs estate.
Stereotypes collapse here you seem to be doing your job, but it’s worth raising your eyes to the ceiling,and other emotions arise
I got a job at VTB24 just four months ago, my workplace is just under these vaults. The emotions of getting into the building are very twofold. When you come to the bank, you expect to see people in formal suits and the traditional office as we imagine it. And here stereotypes are crumbling, you seem to be doing your work, but it is worth raising your eyes to the ceiling, and other emotions arise. Although this helps to establish the first contact with the client. The topic is relevant, for almost everyone the first question is not at all about the mortgage, but about the ceiling, its history and further fate.
I live in the Kanavinsky district, I used to work in Avtozavodsky, and the location of the office does not play a special role for me, but the direct proximity to the object of cultural and spiritual heritage causes pride. I still have the opportunity to observe it right during the workday. When I say that we give out a mortgage under biblical subjects, people are surprised and imbued with interest. I myself was curious why the images are distributed exactly in this way, which determines the zoning. And friends asked for a visit or demanded photo confirmation, because they did not believe that we really had such an office.
Amazing but for several years the room has not become boring and still causes enormous feelings
I am the first to meet the client and hear all the enthusiastic exclamations and questions. I have been working on this floor for three years, before my office was a floor higher, but everything is modest and usual there. Surprisingly, for several years the room has not become boring and still causes enormous feelings, it is worth thinking and raising your head - from time to time you find some new, previously unnoticed frescoes, details, this is interesting and inspiring to work when it’s sad or heavy. It’s not even a matter of motives, but of execution - during the day, light plays very beautifully and gold shimmers. And if it is sunny - the spectacle is truly mesmerizing. Friends sometimes come to take pictures, because in the Central Bank, where I would also like to drop in, you just won’t get there, but you can still come to us. But, of course, an unusual building, especially for this type of activity.