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07 February 2020
Syktyvkar City in Retro Postcards
Historian Sergey PavliushinPhoto by Arthur Arteev

On 7 February, the National Library of the Komi Republic organized a meeting with Sergey Pavliushin, the Head of the Komi Agency for Protection of Cultural Heritage Sites. He talked about the changing townscape of Syktyvkar. 

He presented the look of the capital of the Komi Republic retrospectively through photos and postcards collected by Feofania Tentiukova, the first female Komi architect. The unique images from her personal archive represent Syktyvkar's growth and development in the 1930s-50s. Her collection of images is truly valuable due to orderly descriptions of the sites and accurate dates. The images are also numbered, which could probably mean they were being prepared for the publication as a single album.

Feofania Tentuikova designed many buildings in Syktyvkar which were constructed in the middle of the past century. Starting from her biography, Sergey Pavliushin  told about her major achievements as architect. At lease seven important buildings that shaped the city's look in the Soviet period.

Feofania Tentiukova was also in the team of architects and engineers who worked on the construction project of the National Library of the Komi Republic. She was the one who adapted the standard project to the local climate and soil conditions. Experts agree that her most prominent work was the design of the Pioneer's Palace which has preserved its original look to the present day.

The exhibition of the postcards depicting Syktyvkar in the 1930s - 1950s is now open for visitors at the National Library of Komi.

Photo: oldsyktyvkar.ru
Photo: oldsyktyvkar.ru
Photo: oldsyktyvkar.ru
Photo: oldsyktyvkar.ru
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