The bust was made in 1960 by Konstantin Koshkin. Photo: Information activities office of the administration of Yalta
The street named after Roosevelt in Yalta is truly unique. Besides that it is the oldest street, is still only in the space of former Soviet Union, which has the name of American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On this street in 1838, at the customs house, Emperor Nicholas I signed a Decree that has conferred the status of city to Yalta. The name was assigned to the street on 31 March 1960. Before 1855 the street was called Naberezhnaya, then from 1855 to 1874 — Pribrezhnaya and from 1874 to 1960 — Bulvarnaya.
There are a few dozen houses are situated on this small, cozy street. Their owners hold sacred the history of this fascinating street and keep its traditions. So, in 2005, to mark the anniversary of the Yalta Сonference a small Museum of the American policy was opened. There are photos, and a bust of Franklin Roosevelt given bythe Livadia Palace Museum.
As told to “the Mirror of Crimea”, the initiator of the monument, the CEO of the hotel “Bristol” Vyacheslav Kurashin, the bust was made in 1960 by Sebastopol sculptor Konstantin Koshkin. First, it was kept in the special collection of the Livadia Palace, and after 2005 in the Museum of the hotel “Bristol”. All this time the bust never was exhibited in public.
Photo: Information activities office of the administration of Yalta / The view on hotel Bristol, Yalta
The initiative of the erection of the monument on Roosevelt street was supported by the head of the city administration Andrey Rostenko.
— I’d like to believe that this will be an important step in consolidation Russian-American relations, that should reach a new level this year. Is just extremely important to pay tribute to the great President, the leader of the American people, who has made an invaluable contribution to peace and strengthen relations between our two countries, – said Andrey Rostenko.
Photo: Information activities office of the administration of Yalta / The head of the administration of Yalta Andrew Rostenko
As was reported to “the Mirror of Crimea ” in Information activities office of the administration of Yalta, the mayor also noted that this year the city renews the traditional celebration of Roosevelt street. Opening of the bust will coincide with this day. For many years this celebration was held in February, but this year it decided to hold a little later, 8 April.
— For many years, we held a celebration of Roosevelt Street in February, during the dates when Yalta Conference was conducted. But sometimes we have had to reschedule the celebration due to cold weather, so this year we decided to hold it in April. We invite all residents and guests of Yalta to the celebration, which always presents brightly, interesting and spectacular, – said the initiator of the erection of the monument – the Managing Director of the hotel “Bristol” Vyacheslav Kurashin.
Photo: Information activities office of the administration of Yalta / Bust for a long time was kept in the special collection of the Livadia Palace, and after 2005 in the Museum of the hotel “Bristol”.
In October 2015 Andrey Rostenko, the head of the administration of Yalta wrote a letter to the future US President Donald Trump on behalf of all residents of the region. Andrew Rostenko noted that Yalta roots for Trump in the election campaign and offered to be “friends of China” together. He also recalled that the city has Russia’s only street named in honor of one of the American presidents – Franklin Roosevelt. In addition, the head of the Yalta administration supposed that there may be another street named in honor the American leader, alluding to Donald Trump.
– If Trump comes in Yalta, we will go on Roosevelt street at first. Till that time the monument has to be there, said Andrey Rostenko in an interview to “the Mirror of Crimea” in June 2016.
Will wait for responding to the invitation… The monument in any case and will be in Yalta on April 8.
Roosevelt Street was one of the first streets in Yalta. Here the first official building of the city, custom house, was build. The building was demolished in 80th because of decay. On a small street that lengths only 200 meters were located some buildings belonging to the members of the Imperial Family.