Donetsk, Jul 21 — DAN. The “Single Customer in the Field of Construction” has launched the project to rebuild Yuryev’s House in Mariupol, a beautiful heritage site in the center of the city, the press service of the state-owned company reported on Friday.

“The total area of the three-storey 19th century building which belonged to lawyer Ilya Yuryev exceeds 1,600 square meters, ” the press service said. “Workers are restoring the war-damaged load-bearing structures and brick walls.”

Interior finish works will begin in the autumn together with the restoration of the historical frontage with elements of Baroque and Stalin’s Empire styles. The project completion deadline is the first quarter of 2024.

The history of the building dates back as far as a century. The house was named after its best known owner, Mariupol lawyer and businessman Ilya Yuryev. Before the October Revolution of 1917, it accommodated the editorial office of the “Mariupol Bulletin, ” one of the first local newspapers, and a cinema.

In the Soviet era, it housed an orphanage, a pioneer organization unit, and later on a secret police office. Retreating German troops set the house on fire in 1943. After the war, one more storey was added to the house during full renovation works.

The “Single Customer” is restoring more than 70 houses in Mariupol’s historical center. The total area of renovated housing stock in the city exceeds six million square meters.

Earlier reports said that the “Single Customer” had commissioned more than 160,000 square meters of housing since it started rebuilding projects in Mariupol.

Mariupol is the largest city on the Sea of Azov coast, a key Donbass metallurgy center and seaport. It was liberated from Ukrainian troops on April 21, 2022. The city housing  stock and infrastructure sustained significant damage. Extensive rebuilding works are underway across the city.*jk