Please forgive me writing in English, I am English and my Russian is очень плоха. And my Russian typing is очень медленно! This house belonged to my great great grandparents, Charles and Clara Gerhardi (Гергарди или Герхарди). The Gerhardis came to Russia from England in 1861 and in the 1880s went into partnership with another of my ancestors, Henry Small (Генри Смалль) from Scotland. Together they set up a cotton mill on Zelenkov Lane, just behind Vyborgskaya, but after a disagreement Charles and his father set up their own cotton mill here, to the left of the house. After a few years they expanded the mill hugely. The Gerhardi mill and Small mill are on this website. I have pictures of the Small's houses, which I will post elsewhere on this website. This house was completed about 1899. This is where my great grandmother Dolly grew up. I was 8 years old when she died and remember her well. She spoke with a very strong Russian accent (because Russian was her first language) and this is how my interest in Russia began. Dolly's brother was William Gerhardi (later Gerhardie), a well known writer in England in the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the family left Russia after the revolution, but my aunt Rosie (Роза) married a Russian, Леоня Мизернуик, and except for two short periods of living in England, she lived in Leningrad until her death in 1969. She and her daughter Галина went through the first ten months of the siege of Leningrad before they were evacuated out to the altai region. Orange_Jews, where did you get this photo? I have exactly the same one!