Mikhail Eisenstein

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Mikhail Osipovich Eisenstein with his wife Julia and son Sergei Eisenstein

Mikhail Osipovich Eisenstein (Russian: Михаил Осипович Эйзенштейн, 1867 in St. Petersburg – 1921 in Berlin) was a Russian architect and civil engineer of Baltic German[1] descent. His paternal grandparents were German Jews, who had converted to Orthodox Christianity, and his maternal grandparents are thought to have been Swedes.[2][3] He graduated from the Institute of Civic Engineering in St. Petersburg in 1893. He was the designer of a number of Art Nouveau buildings in Riga (now in Latvia). He built several apartment buildings for State Counsellor A. Lebedinsky, including the ones at Alberta iela 4 (1904), 6 (1903) and 13, and at Elizabetes iela 10b (1903). His projects were characterized by decorative, odd-shaped windows, often with large female head shapes, bright glazed brick or ceramic plates, glass and metal tiles etc.

Because of the Russian Revolution Mikhail Eisenstein emigrated to Berlin, where he died in 1921 of a heart attack, aged 54. He lies buried at Berlin-Tegel Russian-Orthodox cemetery.

His son Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein became a well-known Soviet film director.


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