Margarita's Second Address

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After weaving through Bolshoy and Maly Gnezdnikovsky lanes, take Tverskoy Bulvar (Tverskoy Boulevard) or Leontievsky Pereulok (Leontievsky Lane) to get to the Ploschad Nikitskiye Vorota (Nikitskiye Vorota Square). Either way you will be moving towards the former lands of the Prince Naryshkin family and the lanes with kitchen-related names: Stolovy (Table), Nozhovy (Knife), Khlebny (Bread) and Skaterny (Tablecloth). Building 6 at Maly Rzhevsky Pereulok (Maly Rzhevsky Lane) also could have been Margarita's house – it is located closer to Arbat than Zinaida Morozova's house at Ulitsa Spiridonovka (Spiridonovka Street) and Morozova's house is too big and magnificent to house an engineer (Margarita's husband).

There is no railing, no garden, no big window opening out to the street in the eclectic building No. 6 at Maly Rzhevsky Pereulok that today houses the Georgian diplomatic mission. But it is built in the Neo-Gothic style. And in the times of Bulgakov this house, that originally belonged to restorer and architect Solovyov, did have a garden with a railing. Plus, Elena Shilovskaya, Margarita's prototype, lived with her husband close by, in the 5th House of Revvoensovet (Revolutionary Military Council) at Bolshoy Rzhevsky Pereulok (Bolshoy Rzhevsky Lane), 11.