Twin houses of the first quarter of the 19th century were nicknamed after the original owners, the Korobkov merchant family.
Architect is unknown (presumably Mikhail Malakhov’s project, 1820s). Initially both houses were identical, but as a result of the reconstruction in the 1880s the right one acquired openwork decoration on façade and turrets on the sides.
After the Korobkovs the houses had many owners and tenants. In the second half of the 19th century, the left the house was owned by Zhiryakov merchant family who were selling lard, meat and flour. The owners later rent it out to shops, cellars, workshops, and even a library. At the beginning of the 20th century there was a restaurant, bookstore, ophthalmologist A. Lipshitz’s medical office, as well as the Katz brothers’ print shop.
The right house belonged to Anisya Kharitonova, and later to Mikhail and Vasily Dmitrievs who rented the premises out. The building housed several shops and notary office of Alexander Ardashev, Lenin’s maternal cousin (this fact saved both houses from demolition during the reconstruction of the square in 1980s). At the beginning of the 20th century the house belonged to a match factory owner S. V. Loginov.
After the revolution the almost completely integrated houses, by tradition, were occupied by shops and offices. This purpose the building has retained until this day.
In the early 1920s Alexander Ardashev’s brother Vasily, also a notary, was arrested by Cheka and shot right on the Main Avenue while trying to escape. Soon Lenin asked one of Ural Bolsheviks to find out about his relatives in Ekaterinburg. This caused a huge stir at the local Cheka office, as they received strict orders from Moscow to investigate the reasons for the Ardashevs arrests, which eventually saved the rest of the family.