Statement by the World Monuments Fund

Statement by the World Monuments Fund

February 28, 2014

Since 1998, with the listing of the Rusakov Club in Moscow on its second World Monuments Watch, World Monuments Fund has expressed deep concern over the precarious state of many of Russia's modernist architectural heritage. WMF has sounded the alarm over the Narkomfin building for over a decade. It was listed three successive times on the world Monuments Watch list: 2002, 2004, and 2006. The fate of Melnikov’s House and Studio, an icon of Russian constructivist architecture, remains very uncertain if not endangered since it appeared on the World Monuments Watch in 2006. The news that Shukhov's radio tower, one of the emblems of Moscow, and one of the engineering feats of modernity, will be demolished only demonstrates that Russia's great contribution to modern architecture is endangered of being erased and its preservation requires urgent attention from all sectors of Russian society at this time.