Nearest places

TPU Scientific and Technical Library
The TPU STL is the first technical library beyond the Urals. In the first years of its existence in the beginning of XX century its stock was gleaned, books were acquired as well by means of citizens’ donations.
Tomsk Polytechnic University (the 1st, Mining Building)
During the construction of the first Tomsk Institute of Technology building in 1899, its first principal Efim Zubashev returned from the Siberian tour and turned to making a curriculum draft.
Tomsk Polytechnic University (the 19th building)
The 19th building is one of the youngest Polytechnic buildings. It was built in 2001. It became a residence for the Humanities Department, which was also founded relatively not long ago – in 1998.

Residential house of the early XX century

Residential house of the early XX century.
Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
The two-storey wooden house on 30, Kuznetsova st. could have many memorial tablets, telling the by passers the story of its former residents. The composer Edison Denisov has spent there his childhood. The famous radio-physicist Vladimir Nikolayevich Kesennih, who developed the first functioning ionosphere sounding station in USSR, has lived there. Before the Great Patriotic War there lodged the member of Academy Andrei Kapitonovich Krasin, one of the creators of the Obninsk NPP – the first NPP in the world. For many years, its apartments were rented to professors and workers of the Tomsk State University. Its residents replace each other for more than a century.
View from Kuznetsova st. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
View from the courtyard. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
View from the courtyard. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Entrance to the house. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Window. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Window. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Architectural style
Two-storey Art Nouveau house was built on a brick basement in the beginning of the XX century. Pre-revolutionary address directories say that before 1915 the house was owned by Korbolova Maria Petrovna and her legatees, of whom no witting was found. The research of the architect Zalesov has shown, that the house was initially planned to be a multi-dwelling unit. It is very likely that it was custom built. It can be distinguished from common wooden houses by plain decorative fixtures and rounds of logs protruding on the facade, and by color contrast between dark logs and white frames. The general design of the house is simple. It is a rectangle with a projection in the middle of the courtyard facade.
A page from the house register of 1908
The scan from the holdings of Regional Pushkin library
The inner layout of the house differs from the original due to various dividing walls constructed by its residents. However, the general schematics of two storeys are similar. A crosscut passage with two staircases — front and back —  divides the space of the house into two equal parts. The arrangement of rooms in these parts is symmetric. There is a hall in the middle, which connects all the rooms. From its original finery, the house has retained carved balusters – small figured columns supporting corner hearths and handrails of both staircases.
Indoors. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Indoors. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Indoors. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Indoors. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Indoors. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Indoors. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Famous residents
The wooden house on Kuznetsova st. is notable not only by its architecture, but also by the fact that at different times there lived many famous people, known in Tomsk and outside the city. The composer Edison Denisov lived there with his parents. In the same years, the headmaster of the first NPP in the USSR — Andrei Kapitonovich Krasin – rented one of the rooms. After graduating from Tomsk State University he, as well as many other members of the magistral staff, moved to the Kuznetsova st. (then it was called the Krylova st.). With the beginning of the WWII, he went to the front. In 1945, he began working in Kurchatov’s laboratory. After that, he contributed to the construction of the first NPP, and from 1956 until 1959, he was its headmaster.
The headmaster of TSU Science library V. N. Naumova Shirokova and radio-physicist V. N. Kesennih have also lived in the house on 30, Kuznetsova st. In 1936, the latter initiated and directed the construction of the first ionosphere sounding station, designed for the study of radio-wave propagation during a full solar eclipse. In 1937, V. N. Kesennih became the head of the Physics and Mathematics department in TSU. During the war V. N. Kesennih was the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs. The memorial tablet in his honor was set up on the house but after some time it disappeared.
Edison Vasilyevich Denisov
Photo: ITAR-TASS
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Edison Vasilyevich Denisov

The best-known Tomsk composer. He was born on 6 April of 1929. Until 1951, he lived in the house on the 30, Kuznetsova st. His father, Vasily Grigoryevich Denisov, was a radio-physicist. He engineered the first shortwave transmitter in Siberia and arranged the first broadcasting radio station in West Siberia. His mother, Antonina Ivanovna Titova, for many years worked as a head doctor in the tuberculosis dispensary.
The house also has played a role in his becoming a composer. In one of the interviews, Edison recalled:
— When I was in the music school, I learned to play several folk instruments. Provided that no one forced me to do it. It may have happened because of our housemate (I believe he was a chemist by occupation) playing the mandolin, and apparently I enjoyed it because I took my first mandolin lessons from him.
In 1946 after finishing the school, Edison simultaneously entered the department of Radio Physics in TSU (later he moved to the department of Mathematics) and the academy of music. During the study, he won the composers competition and even ventured to send his compositions to D. D. Shostakovich. The young composer received the following answer from the maestro: «Dear Edik. Your works amazed me. It seems to me that you have a great composing talent. It would be a great sin to bury it in the ground».
In the summer of 1951, Edison became a student of the Composing Department in the Moscow Conservatory. After graduating from the conservatory, E. V. Denisov stayed there as a professor. Before long, his compositions became known abroad. In Russia Denisov’s music was performed only since the beginning of the 90th of the XX century. Then for the first time in Tomsk, it was performed by the symphony orchestra.
I believe I have not been in my Tomsk for about 30 years. Maybe a little longer. Yet three or four years ago I went there to give a concert portrait, and, you know, everything appeared to be so interesting, so familiar: so, when I walked down this Krylova street, where I have lived for many years (I believe it was called Cherepichnaya street before then), I looked at this old my very own house… with its two storeys… wooden walls (Tomsk was always famous for its wooden architecture); then I walked into the courtyard, went up to the second floor, did not enter the room though — somehow just could not do it, only went up the stairs and held onto the handrail (as a boy I used to ride it right to the first floor); even the shed, where we used to hide and play — everything was so pleasing…
Shulgin D. I. «The confession of Edison Denisov»
Interior of one of the rooms. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Interior of one of the rooms. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Interior of one of the rooms. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Interior of one of the rooms. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Interior of one of the rooms. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
Interior of one of the rooms. Photo: Vladimir Lavrentyev
The fire sabotage
On June 28, 2005, it was decided to restore the house. The designers of the program «Tomsk the historical» suggested starting the program with the Upper Elan (the Kuznetsova st.), reasoning that there were only 10 objects in the area and the majority of its residents were university intellectuals, who would understand the necessity to move for the time of the restoration.
On the night of 28/29 April the house was set afire by the unknowns. Before the fire, it needed relatively little restoration, but the fire destroyed almost 60% of the object, according to Natalya Lisovskaya, the head architect of the «Tomsk the historical». As a result, the restoration required not three millions rubles but about eighteen millions.
Condition of the house after the fire. Photo: Eugene Nechaev
Condition of the house after the fire. Photo: Eugene Nechaev
Condition of the house after the fire. Photo: Eugene Nechaev
Condition of the house after the fire. Photo: Eugene Nechaev
Condition of the house after the fire. Photo: Eugene Nechaev
Condition of the house after the fire. Photo: Eugene Nechaev
Condition of the house after the fire. Photo: Eugene Nechaev
Condition of the house after the fire. Photo: Eugene Nechaev
Condition of the house after the fire. Photo: Eugene Nechaev
The restoration. Photo from the records of Sib Spec Project Restoration Institute
Photo from the records of Sib Spec Project Restoration Institute
Photo from the records of Sib Spec Project Restoration Institute
Photo from the records of Sib Spec Project Restoration Institute
Photo from the records of Sib Spec Project Restoration Institute
Photo from the records of Sib Spec Project Restoration Institute