The monstrosity that might have been

This planned building was to have been taller than the Empire State Building, with a statue of Lenin on top taller than the Statue of Liberty. Sounds crazy? Imagine then the statue of Lenin with glowing red eyes as a warning to low-flying airships- and shiver. Fortunately there is too much ground water in Moscow and a swimming pool was built instead.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Soviets

 

Another Soviet "utopian" -or nightmarish- project of the 1920s is described here:

www.tatlinstowerandtheworld.net/

Not quite as big- but in a way more avant-garde .

 

A scan from a 1999 negative - this plaque now appears to have disappeared

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Taken on April 20, 2007