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Jun 20, 2014
Stalinist Architecture Makes a Comeback - The Wall Street Journal


Long shunned as totalitarian kitsch, Stalinist architecture is making a comeback this fall near Red Square with the reappearance of the Hotel Moskva—its facade famously adorns Stolichnaya vodka labels—as a Four Seasons( The Moskva is just one of several spots in Moscow reviving Uncle Joe's design legacy.

Radisson Royal Hotel

The former Hotel Ukraina, one of the Seven Sisters—a ring of Chicago-inspired skyscrapers built in the '40s and '50s to celebrate Moscow's postwar supremacy—was rechristened in 2010 as a Radisson, where hammer-and-sickle reliefs provide an almost quaint background for its international business

Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya

Another of the Seven Sisters, this hotel has been a Hilton since 2008, with marble columns and Sputnik-size bronze chandeliers lording over the

Triumph Palace

Sometimes referred to as the eighth sister, the Triumph was completed in 2005 as a 57-story spired wedding cake of luxury apartments, plus a boutique hotel for mini oligarchs.

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