In a rare step by municipal authorities to preserve historical architecture,
The tower had previously been considered a cultural heritage site at the regional level, but authorities had yet to officially identify which architectural elements must be preserved – a vital step to prevent the common practice of tearing down and rebuilding parts of historic buildings.
The vice-president of the
"The bureaucratic procedure of drafting documents to preserve buildings … is not a guarantee they will be saved," Arsenyev told the Guardian. "If they don't allocate money for saving [the] tower, sooner or later it will die."
Built in 1922 by the pioneering engineer Vladimir Shukhov, the tower is a paragon of Soviet constructivist architecture. Its hyperboloid design – criss-crossing steel beams forming a rounded, hollow, telescopic structure – has influenced many buildings, including
The tower stopped broadcasting television signals in 2002 and has not been maintained since the end of the
In June, the federal government, communications ministry and
Such proposals have been met by public outcry and rallies to save the structure. Of the 77,700 Muscovites who reportedly participated in a city-run online referendum in July, 91% voted to keep the tower in its current location on Shabolovka street, and 46% wanted an open tender held for its restoration and future use.
Preservationists have argued that the lack of progress in restoring the tower stems from its location. Since it is in
In June, The
The cultural heritage department's order "greatly decreases the chances they will move the tower to a new place, but can't completely exclude it, because in
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