S. I. Yelagina's House

Nikolai Galkin / TASS
The house of hereditary honorary citizen Yelagina was built in the late 19th century by architect Alexander Dranitsyn. In the 1920s, it was settled by Zhurgaz magazine and newspaper association and the editorial offices of the Ogoniok magazine. In the summers, the restaurant of the Theatre Workers' Club would move here, and Moscow's fashionable society would feast to the music of Alexander Tsfasman's jazz orchestra. It is believed that the echoes of that orchestra can be heard in Mikhail Bulgakov's novel Master and Margarita. The writer himself, a great fan of fashionable life, often visited this house. The contemporaries could easily recognize the director of the real-life restaurant Yakov Rosenthal in the book's character Archibald Archibaldovich, the director of the infamous Griboyedov House restaurant. Still, unlike the restaurant from Bulgakov's novel, the House of Yelagina did not burn down. Moreover, its unique interiors, including the doors, decorated ceilings and hearths, had been preserved almost completely. The house is considered an architectural landmark, now it is home to office spaces.