Address: Telegraphnaya str., 184
Date of construction: 1 half of the 19th century
If you find yourself in front of this building then it’s time to remember that in the 19th century Telegraphnaya Street was called Nemezkaya (eng. – “German”). According to archival documents it arose about two hundred years ago.
In the first half of the 19th century development along the country road was carried out mainly by German colonists, immigrants from the southwestern part of present-day Germany, who moved here at the invitation of the Russian emperor. There were not so many German colonists who settled in the city as Greeks, Armenians, and Jews. Therefore, the street was built up chaotically by German houses, had many empty places and the area was considered rather a suburb of the city of Tuchkov.
Today almost nothing resembles the past German presence on Telegraphnaya Street, but one of the buildings with German roots has still been preserved. It is located near the Danube Basin Hospital – just to the left of the fence enclosing the hospital complex.
According to archival documents, this is part of the estate of one of the German colonists, Franz, the owner of the first brick factory – a residential estate or part of it, which, fortunately, is well preserved.
The high social status of its former owner is indicated by the architecture features of the old mansion – high-quality building materials, the original decor of the facades. It is noteworthy that the rich decoration of the exterior of the old mansion can be observed not only from the side of the street, but also from the yard.
Given the location, it would not seem incredible that there were orchards and even farms besides the usual farm buildings. This assumption is also prompted by the fact that there are still a lot of free land near the old building.
In conclusion, a few words about the fate of the old mansion. In Soviet times, an infectious diseases hospital was located here, which eventually moved to a new building. Subsequently, the store-cafe “Beryozka” worked here, and at the moment it is a private home ownership.