Moscow in the 1960s through the eyes of a photographer: what our houses and yards looked like at that time
In the summer of 1964, American urbanist John William Reps visited the Soviet Union. From that trip there were many photographs of old Moscow, but most of all he fell in love with cozy Moscow courtyards and five-story buildings. We look and remember how our mothers and grandmothers lived!
May 13, 2022
Since the late 1950s, American historian and urbanist John William Reps has traveled around the world and researched urban planning practices in different cities and countries. Over the years (and he lived to 99 and died in 2020) he has collected an impressive collection of photographs, city plans, aerial photographs taken at different times in 15 countries around the world. He also visited the USSR: the Reps collection, recently digitized by the Cornell University Library, contains many color frames taken during a trip to Moscow in the summer of 1964.
Metro station. Guess which one?
Schools, shops, majestic “Stalinka”, metro stations, but most of all, as our colleagues from the MSK1.ru project found out, he fell in love with Soviet five-story buildings and quiet, green Moscow courtyards. And this is not strange: the five-story Khrushchevs, which were originally conceived as a temporary project before the advent of communism in 1980, for many really became dream houses, they were moved from overcrowded communal apartments, wooden barracks and village houses going to be demolished. Let's take a walk along old Moscow with John Reps and see what it looked like in the days of our grandmothers and mothers! ” height=”693″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-top” data-v-64ca9b5a=”1″ />+16