St. Petersburg
Stone Island | Dacha of M.E. Kleinmichel, 1904

There’s been some construction work going on around the dacha this past year (2003). The more or less official word is that it’s going to be turned into a boutique hotel. If that actually happens, it would bring an end to years of limbo. I’d heard rumors it was going to be a recreational spot for sailors, had been bought by an oil company, now belonged to mayor Matvienko, and so on. It had been, though, turned into a unusual and uncomfortable communal apartment after WWII.