For the past few days, I have enjoyed walking the streets of Tomsk, Russia.
The wooden lace architecture fills them with both color and a feeling of rustic beauty — and some with a worry of whether or not a building is about to fall onto itself at any moment!
Tomsk dates back to 1604, and this specific ornate, carved wooden architecture is a symbol of pride for the city — one that some are trying hard to preserve. Even with last year’s 90 million ruble investment, the sad truth is that preservation is often the most expensive option for building owners.
Today, wooden lace architecture populates entire blocks of Tomsk, but as you can see from some of my photos below, there is only the question as to how long that will last.