ART: Soviet Palace

In Moscow, near the west wall of the Kremlin, urchins used to run and play across a large unkempt field where once stood the Cathedral of the Redeemer. Lately, however, they have been shooed away by bands of surveyors, engineers, architects. The land was being inspected and groomed for Russia's latest and greatest monument, the Palace of the Soviets, which, when completed (perhaps in 1937), will be the world's largest and tallest building.

Competitive plans for the structure were first submitted in 1931 to a jury whose most noteworthy member was Dictator Stalin....

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