A – 2: who left the family tea trade company
B – 4: and began to build the new house on it
C – 3: and the other two floors were used for
D – 5: and the front side was decorated with
E – 1: who was going to visit Moscow for
F – 7: but the Ambassador did not in fact stay
Chinese tea house in Moscow
The bright building on Myasnitskaya Street in Moscow stands out among others and attracts the attention of passers-by with its non-typical elements for Russian architecture. The tea house resembles a Chinese pagoda and it is considered to be the real office of a company that was involved in tea trade.
This house in the Chinese style was built for the tea merchant Sergei Vasilievich Perlov __who left the family tea trade company__ in order to establish his own business. He bought the land on Myasnitskaya Street in the centre of Moscow in 1875, __and began to build the new house on it__ in 1891. The construction was finished by 1893. The first floor was for Perlov’s tea shop, __and the other two floors were used for__ profitable apartments for rent and the host’s own family.
The front side of the newly built house was redecorated in the Chinese style after several years. A little tower in the form of a pagoda appeared __and the front side was decorated with__ molded dragons, snakes, Chinese umbrellas and lanterns. Some materials for decoration were even brought directly from China. It was made before the visit of the Chinese Ambassador Li Hongzhang, __who was going to visit Moscow for__ Nikolai II and Alexandra Fyodorovna coronation. The merchant Perlov thought that it might be useful for his tea business __but the Ambassador did not in fact stay__ at this house. He preferred the house of Perlov’s brother and competitor. But thanks to this case now there is a beautiful exotic building right in the city centre, as if it came right from another part of the world.