St. Petersburg
The Utkin Dacha

At the junction of the Okhta and Okkerville rivers sits the remains of what once was a fairly large estate. The house dates back to the late 18th century. Since then the city has grown up around the estate, claiming its once extensive parks, but the house and stables remain, still suprisingly secluded and obscure.

After the Revolution, Utkin’s dacha, like so many of these buildings, was repurposed in an almost comical number of ways. The records are scarce, but it was at least used as a children’s home (I think just before the Revolution actually), a mental hospital, apartments, some sort of USSR Cinemafication Department (the stables, at least), possibly another type of hospital, and now apartments again. I’m not sure what conditions its inhabitants live in, but judging from the outside...