The owners of a humble hostel on Suvorovsky prospect tried to preserve the historical interiors of the former communal apartment, and they succeeded.
A telephone made by "Erickson LM and Co" transformed into a doorbell that rings louder than any modern counterpart, according to @maax_sf.
Some apartments are still inhabited by caryatids – sculpted female figures serving as an architectural support.
Asides from apartments, the blogger visits public buildings from time to time. This is the hall of the former restaurant for first class passengers at the Vitebsk railway station. The buffet counter, of course, has been preserved since ancient times.
A beautiful tiled fireplace which were pretty common in pre-Soviet Russia.
Another beauty, a round stove that still stands in one of the communal apartments in the Kolobov's Lodging House on Lenin Street.
This caryatid wasn't so lucky...
The owner of this apartment deliberately recreated historical interior in one of the rooms of an old St. Petersburg house.
A spiral staircase leading to the residential tower. The owners carefully cleaned it from the layers of paint applied during the Soviet era.
According to the blogger, this apartment was last renovated more than a century ago. And the piano, judging by the footprints on the wall, has never been moved.
A mirror in a real marble frame. Pre-revolutionary tenants knew how to live in style.
"Coniferous motifs are very typical for Finnish Romanticism," @maax_sf writes.
A stunning molding above the tiled fireplace makes this apartment look like a real house-museum.
A hallway of a 12-room communal apartment on Mokhovaya Street. Here, literally everything has been preserved since 1914: a carved arch with glass incrustations, oak panels on the walls, cabinets with trellis, molding and even the wallpapers.
We’ve collected the best photos made by the Instagram user @maax_sf in the pre-revolutionary communal apartments of St. Petersburg – the sites you definitely won’t be able to observe from the window of a tour bus.