In the XIX century, Foundry and the streets adjacent to the east of it, began to be built with stone houses and during the reign of Alexander the Second, the district became fashionable and was transformed into St. Petersburg's very own Faubourg Saint-Germain: aristocratic mansions built by famous architects are distinguished by their luxury and elegance, the eclecticism of apartment houses imitates all the historical styles from old Russian to the Moorish, noble apartments "on the whole floor" (15−20 rooms) are decorated with fountains and winter gardens, the pavements are well-maintained and clean, the neighborhood is quiet and safe.
The center of the artistic life of the Silver Age was located in the corner building on Tavricheskaya and Tverskaya streets during 1905−1912. The poet Vyacheslav Ivanov and his wife, fiction writer Lydia Zinovyeva-Annibal lived on the top floor of Dernov's house. Valery Bryusov, Andrei Bely, Nikolai Gumilev, Maximilian Voloshin, Nikolai Berdyaev, Leonid Andreyev met on famous Wednesdays in the building's round tower complete with corner bay window. Akhmatova presented there her first poem, Blok read "The Stranger" in a dull monotonous voice. The performances of the amateur "Tower Theater" were staged by Meyerhold, sets were designed by Sudeikin, and visitors of the Tower themselves participated the productions, playing their parts, along with the apartment owners and even of the porter's children.
Today, Foundry St. Petersburg is a prosperous center of the city, which is perfect for a visit, regardless whether you are just a leisure traveler or on a business trip — all the major city arteries are in the vicinity, so you can get to any attraction within 30 minutes. The way to the airport will take you approximately 45 minutes.