April 17, 2013
Photo: Dmitry Beliakov via the New York Times
Watching a remarkable historic building gradually weaken is slow torture for preservationists and architecture aficionados. In Moscow, Konstantin Melnikov’s famed cylindrical home is in danger of collapsing, say preservationists. The house, completed in 1929, served as both a home and studio for the Russian avant-garde architect. As a monument of design—and a piece of private property built in Soviet Russia—the house survived the tumult of the 20th century. But now it could fall because of disturbances brought on by 21st-century development. Read more.