Government Building, Kiev

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Government Building
Будинок Уряду
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The main facade
General information
Location Lypky district
Address 12/2 Hrushevsky Street
Town or city Kiev
Country  Ukraine
Coordinates Coordinates: 50°26′52.0″N 30°32′1.4″E / 50.447778°N 30.533722°E / 50.447778; 30.533722
Current tenants Government of Ukraine
Construction started 1936
Completed 1938
Renovated 2007
Client Cabinet of Ministers
Owner State, government
Height 35 metres (115 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 10 (main)
7 or 8 (sides)
Design and construction
Architect Ivan Fomin
(Pavlo Abrosymov)
Website
Official website

Ukrainian Government Building (Ukrainian: Будинок Уряду), is located in center of Kiev at Hrushevsky Street in the vicinity of Verkhovna Rada building. It serves as the administrative building for the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. From 1941 to 1954 the building was the tallest building in city.

Description[edit]

Structure was built in 1936-1938 based on design of architect Ivan Fomin and partially - architect Pavel Abrosimov. The main half-circled facade of the building is opened towards Hrushevskyi Street. It is equally partitioned by tall columns (height 2.5 metres (8.2 ft)) of Corinthian order, capitals and bases of which are made out of cast iron. The lower stories of the building are faced with big uncut blocks of a Tulchyn labradorite, while socle and portals with a polished granite. Alloy metal flagpoles and decorated gates were made in 1947.

Current location[edit]

The building was firs designed on demand of the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD), while the government was supposed to be located in the building that today is occupied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine at Mykhailiv Square. However, construction plans were changed and refused for the building to be located in "High City" district. Decision to change location has been made because the Government Building together with National Bank of Ukraine and Cabinet of Ministers Club headquarters compose a shared court with access to Anti-Air Defense safety bunker. Also rumors mention that use of the underground tunnels may lead to from the Verkhovna Rada building and the building of President's Secretariat. Therefore, all these institutions compactly moved to Lypky district not accidentally.

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