Government Building, Kiev
The main facade
|Address||12/2 Hrushevsky Street|
|Town or city||Kiev|
|Current tenants||Government of Ukraine|
|Client||Cabinet of Ministers|
|Height||35 metres (115 ft)|
|Floor count||10 (main)
7 or 8 (sides)
|Design and construction|
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.
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.
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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