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“Lacy” mansion-masterpiece in Tomsk: House with a tent, which was restored by the Germans

If you are in Tomsk, then you should definitely see the fabulous beauty of the mansion, which is also called the “House with a tent”. It is abundantly covered with an incredible “lace”, and at the beginning of the last century a local merchant owned it. After the revolution, the fabulous “Teremok” was nationalized, but, fortunately, his fate turned out to be quite favorable, and now he can admire both local residents and tourists with his elegant look. And the Germans helped to restore the mansion …

Secluded home for a large merchant family
This amazing house was built by order of the merchant of the 2nd guild, the owner of the trading house “Golovanov and Sons” Egor (Georgy) Golovanov. The wealthy merchant was engaged in trade in Tomsk and Krasnoyarsk, and in the broadest sense of the word – he sold precious stones, furniture, hats, shoes and even bicycles.

The merchant had four sons, so the construction of such a large and luxurious house was a completely logical step. The construction of Golovanov’s house was completed in 1904 — the estate occupied a third of the block in total.

The project was led by renowned local architect Stanislav Khomich, who built in Tomsk more than one unique building.

After the revolution, the luxurious “lace” house, like other merchant estates throughout Russia, was nationalized. First, a sanatorium was opened in the mansion, in which they treated and trained the everyday skills of nervous children. In the Great Patriotic Building they gave the regional Children’s Home, which brought up children who lost their parents in the war and were evacuated from other cities. By 1961, the building was already in need of repair. Together with the repair, which lasted more than one year, a two-story extension was erected on the west side.

After repairs in the former home of the merchant, they opened a medical school, and in 1993 the building was closed for restoration. It lasted two years and the progress of the work was personally controlled by the regional governor.
Now in the posh mansion there is a Russian-German house (the former name is the Center of German Culture). By the way, the German authorities also took part in financing the restoration work.

The Russian-German house advocates for the preservation and study of the native language among local Germans, and children’s linguistic camps are regularly organized at its base.

Since 1974, this house is an architectural monument of federal significance.

Designed with intelligence, imagination and great taste.
Khomich deliberately placed the house in the depths of the garden – this is done in order to protect it from the noise of the street and create a sense of privacy.

In order to get more light into the house, its facade faces south, and so that the house is less blown by the wind (here they often blow from the south-west), a large garden is laid out in front of the facade from the south. The northern wall was designed from brick, moreover – it is deaf (there is only a small window).

House nicknamed lace due to the abundance of decorative elements, the number of which increases as it approaches from the bottom of the building to the roof. The decoration of the building used technique slit.

Interestingly, the building initially had a different color: the house was white and its roof was red, which gave the building a European appearance. And already in the process of restoration the mansion was repainted.

By the way, the internal layout of the mansion has not changed much. On the east side, the rooms on the first floor are combined into a suite, and on the west side they are concentrated around the main corridor. The area of ​​the main building of the mansion – a large hall – was originally 63 square meters.

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