Luigi Rusca

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Luigi Rusca (Алоизий Иванович Руска; 1762–1822) was a Neoclassical architect from Ticino who worked in Russia and Ukraine between 1783 and 1818. He was apprenticed to Georg Veldten and Giacomo Quarenghi, then went on a successful career on his own. He left Saint Petersburg in 1818 and returned to Switzerland, leaving his wife's nephew, Ludwig Charlemagne, to supervise the completion of his buildings.

The Rusca Portico on Nevsky Avenue

Among the surviving buildings he designed are:

Several boulevards in St. Petersburg (including the modern-day Admiralty Garden) and the Neoclassical interiors at Ropsha, Gatchina, and the Anichkov Palace are also the work of Luigi Rusca and his associates.[1]

In 1810, Rusca published an album of "standardised facades for private two- and three-storeyed houses in towns throughout Russia".[2] Many of his designs lacked originality and were never carried out.[1]


  1. ^ a b The Encyclopaedia of St. Petersburg
  2. ^ Cited from: Anthony Glenn Cross. By the Banks of the Neva. Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN 978-0-521-55293-6. Page 307.