Public gardens of the Lenin Square


This park, like the Park on the Karl Marx Street, is located at the place of former fortifications. On one of the photos taken from the bell tower of the Kazan Cathedral in the late 19th century, a long strip of the young park can be perfectly seen as it stretches from the Bolshaia Astrakhanskaia Street (nowadays Sovetskaia) to Utkinskaia Church. It is densely planted with two rows of young green trees and enclosed by a wooden fence made of poles around the perimeter



This picture is interesting also because its date is not set correctly. According to experts, dealing with this issue, the picture is allegedly made during the period from 1904 to 1909. However, it is not so. In this case this picture should certainly have the new building of the Noble Assembly, built in 1897, and the building of two-storey house of Shorshorov, which appeared at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

This information is confirmed by archival documents. In fact, instead of the Noble Assembly building there is a cleared ground, apparently prepared for construction.

There are neither Shorshorovskii Park nor the House of Shorshorov; there are other objects instead. Consequently, this picture was taken no later than 1893, when construction of the new Noble Assembly building began. Then we can make another conclusion: the park on the Dvorianskaia Street appeared no later than in 80s of the 19th century, and not in 1903 as expected earlier. We think that most readers will agree with our arguments.

In the book "Unknown Tambov" V.A. Kuchenkova writes that in the years before the Revolution the park (usually called the boulevard) on Dvorianskaia Street was a place that was chosen by wealthy citizens. Here they loved to stroll after getting fairly drunk at a restaurant of Nikolskii ("Tsna"). No wonder that this place at that time was called the "Wolf Valley".

Another picture taken in the pre-revolutionary years, shows that both parks which started on two perpendicular streets (Dolgaia and Dvorianskaia), in those years almost joined together. In any case, the distance between them hardly allowed two horse carriages to pass.