Profitable house of Lisitsyn’ family
The address: 3-rd Line of Vasilevski Island, the house ¹36
The Location on the map of the city:
From memoirs of Lisitsyna Lyudmila Borisovna - grandmother of the participant of the project of Nikonov Eugenie.
Before the revolution in 1917 not only rich people were the owners of profitable houses. Any prosperous citizen could save up enough to get it at that rate of prices on property. Household gave good income and the owner could lead a comfortable life.
There is an old house on the 3-rd Line of Vasilevski Island. It was built in 1883 and my grandparents Vladimir Ivanovich and Kapitolina Aleksandrovna Lisitsyny were its last owners.
My grandfather was a military man in the Russian army and my grandmother came from the rich merchant family of Vargunin.
In 1916 they became the owners of this house.
Almost all apartments were let to lodgers and the owners lived in their apartment. The apartment of owners was in the high first floor. The wide and beautiful staircase led directly to the apartment and the steps were covered with a carpet.
The apartment consisted of 4 rooms and a corridor: Ç big rooms on one side of the corridor and one smaller room on the other side. Only servants used the corridor.
They lived in this apartment till the end of 1917.
What has changed in the house ¹36 on 3 Line and what has happened to the owners after the revolution?
The new authorities took away the household from my grandparents but they were allowed to live in their apartment. However in some time the grandfather couldn’t support the family any more as earlier and they had to let the best 3 rooms. Later the government took away those 3 rooms too and the whole grandfather’s family of 4 had to live in one room.
That is the sad story connected with the former household on the 3rd Line of Vasilevski Island.
Written by Eugenie Nikonov.