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Constructivism was rejected in favor of a more pompous Stalinist architecture.Moving the city center further from the border with Finland, Stalin adopted a plan to build a new city hall with a huge adjacent square at the southern end of Moskovsky Prospekt , designated as the new main street of Leningrad.It was a product of rivalry between Stalin's potential successors where one side was represented by the leaders of the city Communist Party organization—the second most significant one in the country after Moscow.

Residential building had intensified again; real-estate prices inflated greatly, which caused many new problems for the preservation of the historical part of the city.Although the central part of the city has a UNESCO designation there are about 8, architectural monuments in Petersburg , the preservation of its historical and architectural environment became controversial.More than one million civilians were killed, mainly from starvation.Many others escaped or were evacuated, so the city became largely depopulated.Petergof The Revolution of began in Saint Petersburg and spread rapidly into the provinces.

Revolution and Soviet Era — [ edit ] In March , during the February Revolution Nicholas II abdicated both for himself and on behalf of his son, ending the Russian monarchy and over three hundred years of Romanov dynastic rule.In Pavlovsky District in Leningrad Oblast was abolished, and parts of its territory, including Pavlovsk, merged with Leningrad.In the settlements Levashovo , Pargolovo and Pesochny merged with Leningrad.On January 26, , five days after Lenin's death, Petrograd was renamed Leningrad.Later some streets and other toponyms were renamed accordingly.Constructivist architecture flourished around that time. Housing became a government-provided amenity ; many "bourgeois" apartments were so large that numerous families were assigned to what were called "communal" apartments kommunalkas.