10/10/2022
Culture

The Kyiv City Teacher’s House was damaged in Russian attack

Photo: Julia Frances / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The building on Volodymyrska Street was opened more than a hundred years ago, and it played a prominent role in the times of the Ukrainian National Republic. Now, the glass dome and other parts of the building are damaged because of Russia’s brutal attack on the capital.

On October 10, the missiles were aimed directly at the center of Kyiv. They hit a busy intersection about a hundred meters from the Teacher’s house. At the time of the explosion, there were employees of the institution inside. The shock wave from the attack knocked out windows, doors and shattered the glass dome of the historical building. After a preliminary study, experts assure that the frame itself, a complex engineering structure, was generally not damaged. It was covered with a special film.

“Water will get inside. Precipitation will spread both inside the dome and throughout the entire premises,” says Oleksandr Barvinov, safety engineer of the Kyiv City Teacher’s House. The unique acoustic hall, which is located just under the damaged dome, is also at risk of flooding.

“The terrorist act put the building out of service almost entirely. More than 500 square meters of glass were damaged in total. Internal damage, facade damage,” states Oleh Steshuk, head of the Kyiv City Teacher’s House.

Photo: Gleb Garanich / Reuters

Steshuk says that investigators have already completed a detailed description of all the damage. Next, a group of experts will work here and determine the amount of necessary funding, the total scope of work and things that need to be fixed as a priority in order to save the historical building.

The building on Volodymyrska Street in Kyiv was built in 1912. The construction was sponsored by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Semen Mohylovtsev, and the project was created by Kyiv architect Pavlo Aloshyn, who was only 29 years old at the time.

The monumental building with a hemispherical glass dome became an architectural masterpiece of its time. In 1917, the Central Rada, the parliament of the Ukrainian National Republic, worked within its walls. And that is where the Fourth Universal, declaring Ukrainian independence, was adopted.

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Nowadays, the Museum of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917–1921 and the Pedagogical Museum of Ukraine operate in the Teacher’s House. The building, which turned 110 years old on October 5, 2022, has the status of a monument of the cultural heritage of Ukraine of national importance.

Russia mercilessly attacks not only Ukrainian infrastructure facilities and peaceful civilian neighborhoods, but also try to destroy Ukrainian history in every way possible.

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