Ponizovsky House

The diplomatic mission is housed in historical Ponizovsky House, designed by Lev Kekushev

Ponizovsky House by Lev Kekushev
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The Embassy of Afghanistan in Moscow  is the diplomatic mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Russian Federation.

The mission is housed in historical Ponizovsky House, designed by Lev Kekushev, although its exterior was later radically altered and does not display signs of Kekushev's Art Nouveau style.

In 1902 Jacob Reck's development company purchased a large Volchkov estate, split it in two lots, and invited Kekushev to desigh two luxury mansions for resale.

Ponizovsky House by Lev Kekushev
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The better known Mindovsky House (present-day Embassy of New Zealand) was set right on the street corner, with the main entrance facing the spacious inner courtyard.

Ponizovsky House was set back from Povarskaya street line, allowing a narrow strip of garden between the wall and sidewalk; its main entrance faces the corner of Povarskaya Street and Skatertny Lane.

Period photographs show that the building had a flattened yet prominent dome above the main entrance and a smaller curvilinear gable above Povarskaya street facade; overall styling was reserved, with clear vertical lines of windows cut through a tiled wall.

In 1914, when Kekushev was already inactive, Ponizovsky House was rebuilt to an neoclassical design, losing the dome and all original exterior finishes.

Useful Information

Ponizovsky House
Russian: Особняк М.Г. Понизовского
The Embassy of Afghanistan in Moscow
Russian: Посольство Афганистана в России
Persian: سفارت کبرای جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان در مسكو

Admission

free

Opening hours

  • 24/7

Contacts

42 Povarskaya Street
Russian: Поварская ул., 42

Location

 It is located at 42 Povarskaya Street  in the Arbat district of Moscow