Azov-Don Bank Building
The Azov-Don Bank Building is a historical landmark building in St. Petersburg designed by the leading proponent of the style moderne, Swedish-Russian architect Fyodor Lidval.
Lidval was one of the most prolific and influential St. Petersburg architects at the turn of the twentieth century. Rightfully celebrated for his style moderne contributions to the architecture the city, he was also a prominent figure in the revival of the classicism. His signature style included extensive use of modern structural and decorative elements, elaborate structural molding, application of different colors and textures; he was also fond of adding a corner tower projecting over the street level (Meltser Building on Bolshoi Koniushennyi, Singer House on Nevsky).
The Azov-Don building has a large and complex façade, centered on four three-storied Ionic columns that frame the central banking hall. Above the columns, rectangular windows are separated by oval medallions carved in relief by the sculptor Vasily Kuznetsov, who also created the frieze of laborers on the lower level.