[Ulyanovsk]: Izd. Ul’ianovskoi gubernskoi planovoi komissii, 1928. Item #678
8 pp., 5 ills. 34,5x46,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Small tears of the spine, vertical creases in the middle of covers with small fragments of the front cover lost, pale stamps of the closed Soviet oil organization, otherwise very good and clean internally.
First and only edition. One of 2000 copies. Extremely rare provincial edition.
This is an architecture plan of a one-floor wooden house for literacy campaign activities called ‘izba-chital’nya’ [i.e. reading hut]. Popularized during World War I, reading huts (or rooms) were actively used by Bolsheviks in the 1920s and became the main cultural centers in the province. Serving as a propaganda center rather than library, a literate peasant would act as the room’s «Red Reader» and lead discussions on texts sent by the Party directive with members of the local community. Attendance was most often mandatory, as the reading rooms proved to be one of the Party’s most successful propaganda tools, where campaigns would take shape and the locals would hear about happenings in the outside world.
This project intended to be placed in the town where Lenin was born (renamed after him 4 years before this publication) and presented the model plan of the provincial club. The building actually included a reading room, two rooms for the other cultural sections and the large hall for the theatre performances and films.
The edition features the floor plan, seven vertical views and general plan of the territory around the club. The architectural drawings are supplemented by the cost estimation for building as well as design, listing fees for the specialists’ work and the materials used in construction. The necessary furniture was recorded for every room as well. In complementary notes, the author explained how to equip the booth for film projector, stage and spectators’ hall.
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