New East Digital Archive

Take in the splendour of pre-revolutionary St Petersburg apartments

21 December 2016

Step inside St Petersburg’s historic apartments – a world of fading grandeur.

The Stary Fond project aims to capture the apartments’ former glory, that can still be glimpsed today – from vibrant tiled floors, to elaborate plaster ceilings and ornate window panes. Formerly huge private apartments, many were transformed into communal apartments (kommunalki) during the Soviet era and remain communal today.

Check out the project’s VKontakte and Instagram pages to get an insider look at the extraordinary details still present from the pre-revolutionary era.