History of the Far Eastern branch building

History of the Far Eastern branch building
The Society for the Study of the Amur Territory (OIAK) is the oldest public research and local history organization in the Far East, which set as its goal "a comprehensive study of the basin of the river. Amur, the Russian coast of the Eastern Ocean and adjacent areas” (from the Charter of the OIAC). Created in 1884 by a group of representatives of the intelligentsia of Vladivostok, such as the mechanical engineer of the fleet A.M.

Ustinov, businessman M.G. Shevelev, prosecutor of the district court I.A. Bushuev, head of the Resettlement Department of the region F.F. Busse, officers L.A. Krapotkin and I.P. Nadarov. The first major act of the OIAK was the creation of a museum of local lore with a library of scientific literature (1890). The Society carried out active expeditionary and research activities, published the scientific works of its members in the form of "OIAK notes". In different years, its members were such well-known scientists and researchers of the region as V.P. Margaritov, S.O. Makarov, V.K. Arseniev, N.P. Matveev, V.L. Komarov, A.I. Kurentsov, B.A. Sushkov, E.V. Krasnov, G.I. Khudyakov and others.

Since 1896 OIAK became the Vladivostok branch of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society, in 1925 it was transformed into the Primorsky Branch of the Geographical Society of the USSR. In 1991, its original name was restored. In 1890-1924. OIAK was located in the building of the museum he built. In 1925, the museum was nationalized and received the status of a city museum of local lore.

The Administrative Committee, the library and the OKAK service moved to house No. 4 on the street. Peter the Great, built in 1913-1914. entrepreneur V.M. Voitsekhovsky on the land plot of the OIAK with the condition of exploitation on a rental basis for 12 years. By an act of June 6, 1924, Voitsekhovsky transferred the house to the OIAK.

The building is three-storey rectangular in plan with a basement. The walls of the basement are made of natural stone, the walls of the ground part of the building are brick. The main facade of the building is plastered and has a simple stucco decoration in the form of ornaments typical of the Art Nouveau style and floor belts

Entrance to the building is from the high porch and leads directly to the stairwell. On the first floor of the building there is a library of the UIAK with a large reading room, on the upper floors with a corridor planning system, the administration and archive of the UIAK, the Rubezh publishing house.