The House with Chimaeras is a major Art Nouveau building in Kiev, the
capital of Ukraine. It was built in the period of 1901–1902 by noted
architect Vladislav Gorodetsky, who was regarded as the Gaudí of Kiev.
The building derives its popular name from its ornate decorations
depicting various scenes of exotic animals and hunting scenes, as
Gorodetsky was an avid hunter. It is situated on No. 10, Bankova
Street, across from the President of Ukraine's office in the historic
Pechersk neighborhood. Since 2005 it has been used as a presidential
residence for official and diplomatic ceremonies.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
At the urging of preservationist John Muir, the United States
Congress established Yosemite National Park in California.
Chinese Civil War: Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong
proclaimed the establishment of the People's Republic of China.
Tōkaidō Shinkansen, the first Shinkansen line of high-speed railways
in Japan, opened. (0 Series Shinkansen train pictured)
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
namesake: One who is named after another, or for whom another is
Wikiquote of the day:
Creators, makers of the new, can never become obsolete, for in the
arts there is no correct answer. The story of discoverers could be
told in simple chronological order, since the latest science replaces
what went before. But the arts are another story — a story of infinite
addition. We must find order in the random flexings of the
imagination. -- Daniel J. Boorstin