Hotels near Pokrovsky Gate Square

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These two-storey hotels were built in the beginning of the 19th century and designed by architect Vasily Stasov. They were popularly known as "Stasov's houses." There were 11 such hotels spread out around the Boulevard Ring, and almost all of them had been demolished, but the original pair at the Ploschad Pokrovskiye Vorota (Pokrovsky Gate Square) had been preserved. In the 19th century, the first floors were occupied by stores, while the visitors lived on the second floor. The courtyards had stables for horses. The facade of one of the two buildings is beset with a sign that says "We are strengthening defense of the USSR." It was installed here in 1937 by the Central Council of the OSOAVIAKhIM (Union of Societies of Assistance to Defence and Aviation-Chemical Construction of the USSR).