Tupikovs' mansion (Actor's House)
8, 8 Marta str.
After leaving Mammas cafe, cross the road to the other side of the street and head towards a yellow two-floor mansion. This is the former Tupikovs' mansion, and now it is the Actor's House. By the way, historical interiors have been restored inside the building, so you can ask to go inside, and maybe you will be allowed to look around the house if there are no events being held there at the moment.
There is a funny story about the interior of the house. Allegedly, the architect hid a reference to the name of the owner in the stucco molding on the ceiling of the large hall. Experts had been trying to find something connected with "Tupik" (dead end in Russian) for a long time, but as it often happens, a random visitor noticed a bird in the stucco moulding that is also called "Tupik" (Sea parrot)
In addition, the initials ST on the grate above the porch remind us of the house owner: they stand for Stepan Tupikov.
It should be noted that in the Urals the Old Believers were quite widespread. This is one of the branches of Orthodoxy, which, however, was not approved by the official church, so the Old Believers kept their faith a secret. The Tupikovs were Old Believers, too, so in the basement of their house they had a secret prayer room. It was there that family treasures were hidden, which the Admiral Kolchak's army took with them during the Civil War.