Each architectural structure – if it is real architecture, of course – has its own unique individuality, its own character, much like the hero of a literary work. And a city can be compared to the work itself – a novel or a play, where dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of such architectural “heroes” interact in a complex way.
When Novouralsk was just beginning to be built in 1941, there was not a single house in it. There were plywood yurts and tents situated near the Ural Mountain. Then the first builders began to build something more like residential architecture: barracks, plywood houses and even two-storied houses from squared timber. It would seem that the first builders were not planning to stay there for very long. Those dwellings could not save anyone from the Ural’s cold and blizzards, and therefore real brick houses were required for permanent residence. Slowly, by the beginning of the 70s, the first buildings were destroyed. And these days only old photographs remind us where and in what conditions those who built Novouralsk lived. Very soon, the "scaly" houses on Lenin Street will be demolished, and the last of the history of the city built during World War II’s Eastern Front struggle will disappear with them
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