Traces of Konigsberg

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Almost none of Konigsberg's domestic architecture escaped obliteration in WW2 but these original semi-detached houses (found at 53-57 Frunze St) and complete with ‘Kreuz-Apotek’ pharmacy front, date from 1900-05 and apparently managed to survive the war in usable condition too. A regrettable lack of maintenance during the Soviet era saw them fall into ruin however and, although sold to a commercial developer in 2002, long-standing plans to build new housing behind a fully restored facade never came to fruition and neither (as yet) have more recent suggestions of a luxury hotel. Their continued existence is therefore precarious to say the least and, sadly, it may well be a case of ‘see them while you can’.    

Other notable architecture to be found on Frunze St includes the red brick Federal Centre for Hygiene and Epidemiology at no.50 (heading away from the centre, it’s just past 53-57 on the right), the dilapidated but grandiose residential building at no.87-91 (a little further, on the left) and, at the far end, the beautifully restored King's Gate.


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