reply to post by schuyler
You are correct in that assumption, as far as the builders being wealthy.
-As OkieDokie pointed out earlier:
They were built by two friends, local peasants who left their villages for St petersburg, rose from construction workers to proprietors of large
construction businesses (in fact one of them had worked as contractor during renovation of Winter Palace in St Pete in 1890s). Both of these peasants
quit St Pete to retire in their home villages and built these estates there. Both houses were built without an architect, by these peasants
themselves, but one used plans and drawings of fashionable Russian architect who was one of the creators of this”gingerbread” Russian art-noveau
style of the 1870s-80s-90s. The houses stand 18km apart from each other in now abandoned villages.
And also one would need a tremendous amount of free time... I'm sure that there are gems in the West, and after re-reading my post it seems as though
I may be disrespecting our Western masters. I'm not, I'm just a little blown away.
Given time, money, and ambition I'm sure everyone interested in this type of thing could create something amazing.
ps thanks everyone for the flags and input. I honestly wasn't expecting so many of you to be as fascinated in this little wooden box as I was
-And post more wooden miracles if you find them!