Archive | Prerevolutionary period (end 19th century, beginning of 20th century)

Red house (Amiryan 4/16)

This photo story is not about a family life but it’s a story of a historic architectural building.
The building was located at Amirian street 4/16 which is one of the central streets in Yerevan. The building was built in 1850. I was lucky to find an archival photo of the building which had been taken at the beginning of the 20th century. Before pulling it down the building had been under the list of the Committee for Protection of Monuments. Unfortunately it was withdrawn from the list without having any serious motivations.
I had the opportunity to explore the building before the demolition from inside and outside. I even entered its cellar.
The building I think was the best preserved among the buildings which I had photographed and it was not unsafe or subject of demolition. This fact was witnessed by some people having personal interest. It was decided to pull down the building by the help of an excavator. I noticed that an opposite front entrance was a good observation post for photographing the process of demolition. In thirty minutes time the excavator pulled down the building which had a history of more than 150 years.
Now at its place one can see a newly erected building.

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No man no problem (Buzand 9)

As a nickname I called this courtyard an Italian.
This courtyard was so similar to an old courtyard of Italian national colour.
It was snowing when I first entered this courtyard. The scene was so romantic. I didn’t even imagine that my photo story about that courtyard will be about a woman who will struggle for her rights and carry it to the end by paying with her life.
Lilya Kazarian was one of the inhabitants of Buzanti street to whom the danger of being evicted also threatened. Mrs. Lilya lived alone about two months at Buzanti street No.9 struggling against human and property rights. By risking her life she lived in the half-ruined house and persistently didn’t want to leave the house.
In November the 4th while returning home she found her house completely destructed. While being away for several hours the officers of the court had taken away the property in the house and the workers had pulled down the staircase. She had a stroke the same day and was taken to hospital.
On the sixteenth of November she passed away at the hospital.
Just at that day the last fragments of her house were being destructed.
The service for the dead took place at the church as she had no house any more.
Now at the place of her previous house one can see a many-storied building.

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Armen’s garden (Buzand 17)

I have started my first photographing at this yard in winter 2004.
The house at Buzanti street 17 once belonged to a famous merchant K. Antonian. It was an old yard typical to Yerevan with its wooden made beautiful balconies.
I felt unusual silence there though we were just at the center of city Yerevan.
In spring I got acquainted with the inhabitants of the courtyard. They were ordinary people. Armen being one of them was always with his memories of his childhood in spite of his age. He had created a little vineyard which he took care like his own child. He lived alone and most of the time he spent with friends in his beloved garden. Especially it was so painful for him the thought that the garden had to be destroyed soon.
He started drinking alcohol very often and continued drinking up to the end.
In May he abandoned his house. After three months his house and the garden were destroyed. I saw Armen for the last time in 2008. I met him by chance at the Pushkin park. He said he worked at a garden landscaping company.
Recently I heard that he had passed away. It was in 2009.

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