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Dmitry Chechylin

Moscow, Russia
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Dmitry Nikolaevich Chechulin (August 22, 1901, Shostka - October 29, 1981, Moscow) - was a Russian Soviet architect, city planner, author, and leading figure of Stalinist architecture.

Born in Shostka Chernigov Province to a working class family, after service in the Red Army Chechulin enrolled in the state school Vkhutemas and graduated in 1929, doing post-graduate work under Alexey Shchusev. In the 1930s Chechulin was awarded commissions for four stations of the Moscow Metro, and developed his career to design a list of familiar Moscow landmarks. From 1945 through 1949 he served as chief architect of Moscow. Chechulin's work intersects with the Palace of the Soviets competition (the major event in Soviet architectural history) at multiple points. He was among the twelve finalists in the final round. He is credited for one of the seven Moscow vysotki (tall buildings) commissioned by Stalin after World War II as a "frame" for, and then in lieu of, the unbuilt Palace. Chechulin had produced plans for the unbuilt eighth tower, the Zaryadye skyscraper, in 1947. And when, after decades of neglect and delay, the huge excavation for the Palace of the Soviets finally became the world's largest open-air swimming pool in 1958, he was the architect.

Chechulin wrote nearly 40 books, pamphlets, monographs and articles on architecture, urban planning and design issues. Among his many awards were Hero of Socialist Labor (1976), People's Architect of the USSR (1971), two Orders of Lenin, two Orders of Red Banner of Labor, the Order of Honour, and three Stalin Prizes (1941, 1949, 1953). He died October 29 in 1981, and is buried at Novodevichy Cemetery.

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Moscow, Russia
ziggurat, May 2nd, 2017
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