Aleksandr Pomerantsev

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Pomerantsev, Aleksandr Nikanorovich

 

Born Dec. 30, 1848 (Jan. 11, 1849), in Moscow; died Oct. 27, 1918, in Petrograd. Russian architect.

Pomerantsev graduated in 1874 from the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, where he had studied under K. M. Bykovskii. From 1874 to 1878 he attended the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, where he began teaching in 1888. Pomerantsev became a professor at the Academy of Arts in 1892 and an academician of the academy in 1893 and served as the academy’s rector in 1899 and 1900. G. B. Barkhin and I. G. Langbard were his students.

Pomerantsev designed commercial, exhibition, and public buildings. His work with spatial organization was novel in the second half of the 19th century, as well as his work with ceilings with large bay divisions. He combined his innovative style with architectural forms and decor in the pseudorussian style. His works include the Upper Market Arcades in Moscow (now the State Department Store; engineer V. G. Shukhov, 1889–93) and the Memorial Church of Alexander Nevsky in Sofia (1904–12).