27 Titian Tabidze St., Kutaisi

27 Titsian Tabidze St., Kutaisi

As was the case in Europe at the time, in the 19th century, eclectic architecture widely spread across Georgia. Excellent examples of the style emerged not only within Tbilisi, but in smaller cities as well. Indeed, one of the best examples is in the city of Kutaisi.

History of the Building

The residential house located at 27, Titsian Tabidze St. was built in 1882 by the order of Yevgenia Yurchenko-Prince, the widow of the Colonel Prince, and it is one of the most outstanding buildings in Kutaisi.

The main facade, finished with a neo-baroque style pediment, used to feature a clock in its center. The initials of the original owner "EP" are still clearly visible in the decoration of the facade.

Since 1885, the house has been owned by Constantine Oldenburg (1850-1906), grandson of Catherine - sister of Russian Emperor Alexander I. He expanded the house by building a two-story wing, and lived here until the family eventually moved to St. Petersburg in 1896.

After Oldenburg, the house was home to the Governor of Kutaisi and during the short-lived period of Georgian independence in 1920-1921, together with various organizations, the Kutaisi Museum and the Historical-Ethnographic Society were located here as well.

From 1921, after the establishment of the Soviet regime, the building was occupied by the KGB.

The Building Today

Today, the building accommodates an office of a state agency.

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