Tokareva House, Built around 1900, Detail of Main Facade, Perm', Russia


This view of the main façade of the Tokareva house at No. 67 Kirov (formerly Permskaia) Street in Perm' was taken in 1999 by Dr. William Brumfield, American photographer and historian of Russian architecture, as part of the "Meeting of Frontiers" project at the Library of Congress. Established in the 1720s as a factory settlement on the middle reaches of the Kama River, Perm' (so named in 1781) is one of Russia's largest cities. Before the 1917 revolution, Perm’ was the center of a large and prosperous merchant community. Until the 20th century, most of its houses were built of wood, but only a few have remained in the central city. One of the best examples of such houses belonged to A. I. Tokareva, and consisted of a basic log structure on a masonry foundation. In 1883, she petitioned the authorities to rebuild the front part of the house in an highly decorated manner that followed the increased Russian interest in traditional vernacular ("folk") styles in the latter part of the 19th century. With its elaborate carved and milled wood work, the house acquired the name teremok ("little tower chamber"), a term applied to similarly decorated structures in the Moscow area during the same period. The Tokareva teremok was renovated in 1985, and has since been maintained for use as a small shop.

Last updated: January 11, 2016