In 1910, Israel Peisakhovich completed the construction of his house at the corner of Karl Marx Avenue and Golenev street (the former Arkhiereiskaia street). Now it is an excellent example of Stavropol urban planning. It is about the famous Baiger’s pharmacy.
The author of the project was a famous Stavropol architect Adrian Bulygin. The foreside decorative forms are finished with dark red granite, molding patterns and mosaic coating made of Dutch tiles. The building impresses by an extraordinary combination of unusual windows of different shapes and sizes, stained-glass panels, enclosed balconies and a central clock tower. This is a rare example of Art Nouveau architecture in terms of its purity of forms.
The interiors are also very magnificent. The main coating is made of valuable wood species. Marble mosaic floors, crystal chandeliers, wall luminaires and mirrors were delivered from Germany. A unique internal balcony goes along the entire trading floor coupled with elongated glass cabinet doors! When choosing medicines, you always want to get on this narrow balcony to imagine yourself a real pharmacist! There is a wonderful view from there: you feel like a kind of pharmaceutical god, giving out magic pills and mixtures to people.
The building basement is a remarkable one. Tall arches and thick walls separated everyone who entered there from a noisy street. There were kept bags with herbs, roots of medicinal plants and other ingredients for medicines manufactured above.
The pharmacy was equipped according to the newest medical science. It had all kinds of chemical and physical equipment from Germany, distilling tools, devices for herbs pounding and drying and lot more. The pharmacy offered a wide range of medicines and patented products from well-known Russian and European companies.
A little later, Johann Baiger took the pharmacy on lease and since then it is referred to his name. In Soviet times, the pharmacy did not stop functioning and received the number 103. However, it was constantly pressed by a neighbouring educational institution – previuosly a technical school and now the Stavropol Institute of Cooperation.
The original appearance of this wonderful building is maintained by repairing works. The inside furniture was preserved and the pharmaceutical museum was joined as well. It reflects the history of the pharmacy and contains old testing tubes, measuring glasses and, of course, a pharmacy scales. This place is where you can feel deeply the phrase: "Everything is accurate like in a pharmacy!”