Why Joseph Stalin Never Got His Soviet Palace
The proposed ‘Palace of the Soviets’ was to have been topped by a cloud-clipping statue of Lenin. But then World War II intervened…
This is part of our weekly series, Lost Masterpieces, about the greatest buildings and works of art that were destroyed or never completed.
When Joseph Stalin tells you, “Don’t be scared of height, go for it”—there’s really only one option.
In 1931, the Soviet Union held a competition for a design for a building called the Palace of the Soviets.