House of the Weeping Widow

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House of the Weeping Widow
Будинок плакучої вдови
House of the Weeping Widow front façade.JPG
The front façade of the House of the Weeping Widow.
Alternative names Serhiy Arshavskyi Building
General information
Architectural style Art Nouveau
Town or city Kiev
Country Ukraine
Coordinates Coordinates: 50°26′37″N 30°31′40″E / 50.44361°N 30.52778°E / 50.44361; 30.52778
Construction started 1907
Completed 1907
Design and construction
Architect Eduard Bradtman

The House of the Weeping Widow (Ukrainian: Будинок плакучої вдови) is an architectural landmark in the city of Kiev, capital of Ukraine, located at 23 Lyuteranska Street.


Constructed in 1907 in the early Art Nouveau style by architect E. Bradtman, it was commissioned by Serhiy Arshavsky, a wealthy merchant from Poltava, who occupied it before the Bolshevik Revolution. The building kept its first owner's name long afterwards, and even today is sometimes referred to as the Serhiy Arshavskyi Building. Following the revolution it was occupied by the International Group Federation of the Central Committee of Russian Communist Party (Bolshevik).[1]

Currently it is one of the President of Ukraine's official residences,[2] used to house state visitors, among them: U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice, and the Presidents of Lithuania and Brazil.[3]

The building earned its nickname because when it rains water pours over the woman's face on the facade, running down her cheeks like tears.[2]


  1. ^ "House of the Weeping Widow". Issue №209(17395) (in Ukrainian). Vecherniy Kiev. 2004-12-09. Archived from the original on 2006-06-17. 
  2. ^ a b Druh, Olha; Dmytro Malakov (2004). Osobnyaki Kyieva. Kyi. p. 192. ISBN 966-7161-60-9. 
  3. ^ Ostapa, Svitlana (2007-06-07). "President has opened door for journalists. But not his" (in Ukrainian). Telekritika.