Winter 1998 (6.4)
of the Oil Baron Period
known during the Soviet period as the Old Department Store "Kohne
Univermag", this building was the first European-style shopping
arcade ever to be built in Baku. It consists of two levels of
stores built along a single thoroughfare which admits natural
light via a skylight.
The owner who
commissioned the building was the famous Oil Baron Zeynalabdin
Taghiyev. K. B. Skurevich was
the architect who designed the project in an Italian Renaissance
style. The project was built between 1896 and 1899.