Ekaterinburg, 8 Marta St., 21

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Constructed in 1926-1928, architect I. S. Guryev-Gurevich.

In the 19th century this site was occupied by a one-storey classicist building – a large merchant court that stood here for over a century and eventually burnt down during a fire in 1902. The construction of a new one in Art Nouveau style was never finished because of WWI the Revolution. However, its already built part was used in 1926-1928 when Prombank Business-house was being constructed.

Many administrative buildings projects of the future Greater Sverdlovsk were obtained through nationwide competitions. The first one of those was held in 1925 for Prombank Business-house design. Architects from the Urals and Moscow participated. The winner project by architect I. S. Guryev-Gurevich was later implemented by engineer I. N. Krysov.

Prombank building is L-shaped with a rounded corner of a longer portion. Its facades are opened to 8 Marta Street and Teatralny Lane. The main entrance to Prombank was designed in a corner niche of a high ground floor and is highlighted by a tall peak balcony located on the four pillars frame, with a stairs built in between. The composition of the facades is dominated by horizontal elements: floor lines, cornices, parapets, which together with the soft plastic of the rounded corner add an expressive nuance to the overall constructivist appearance of the building.


The building was designed and constructed for a bank, but was passed on to other establishments after it was finished. For many years it was occupied by a famous children’s clothing and school items store “Leopold” well known to all locals.

St. Marta 8, 8"B"