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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(fourseasons.com/moscow). 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 clientele.radisson.ru/en/royalhotel-moscow

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 lobby.placeshilton.com/moscow

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. triumphpalace.ru

   
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