Svetlanskaya Street was originally called Amerikanskaya Street after the corvette Amerika, but was renamed in 1873 in honor of the frigate Svetlana which brought Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia to the city for a visit. Most of the wooden buildings erected along the street during the 1860s through the 1880s are no longer standing. Around 1913, there was a great deal of construction around the street; tram service began, and department stores, cinemas, Lutheran and Catholic churches, and a Japanese consulate sprung up. However, there was little new construction along the street during the Soviet period.
The street was renamed Leninskaya in Soviet times; the name "Svetlanskaya" was restored in the 1990s.
- Sato, Yoichi; Tonuma, Koichi (August 1999), "Existing buildings along Svetlanskaya Street: A study on forming urban space in Vladivostok central district, part 2", Journal of Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Engineering: Transactions of the Architectural Institute of Japan 522: 223–230
- John J. Stephan (1996), The Russian Far East: A History (reprint, illustrated ed.), Stanford University Press, ISBN 978-0-8047-2701-3
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