Igoshev House, from Village of Gribany (Mid-19th Century), Reassembled at Khokhlovka Architectural Preserve, Russia


This photograph of a log house (izba) at the V.I. Igoshev farmstead from the village of Gribany (Uinskoe District, Perm' Region) 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. Situated on the Teles River (a southern sub-tributary of the Kama River), Gribany was too small to have its own church, but the fertile river lands provided a reasonably secure existence for peasant farmers in the mid-19th century, when this house was built. Its elongated form follows a traditional plan of two living areas (the main one is on the left in this view), with a vestibule for the raised entrance in the center. The structure is of pine logs, notched and tightly fitted. It rests on a bottom course of large logs placed on a base of field stone. The plank roof extends well beyond the walls to protect the structure from moisture accumulation. The windows have wooden shutters. In 1989 the house was restored and reassembled at the Khokhlovka Architecture-Ethnographic Museum, located to the north of Perm’, on the Kama River Reservoir. Originally the house would have had a small enclosed courtyard, with a fence, gate, and a log barn on the opposite side from the house.

Last updated: January 11, 2016