Szymkiewicz, Alexander

* 12.11.1858 Saint-Petersburg, Russia

† 1907 Tbilisi, Georgia


Aleksander Szymkiewicz was born in 1858 in St.Petersburg, In a noble Polish family of a Civil lawyer and a descendant of old Cowen County family, Polikarp Szymkiewicz and his wife Emilia-Ana-Maria Gurskalin. Szymkiewicz received his secondary education in a German Karl May Gymnasium in Saint-Petersburg. He continued his studies in 1879, at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, after which he obtained an appointment of a City architect and moved to Tbilisi, Georgia in 1885.

Szymkiewicz was the City architect of Tbilisi from 1885 to 1891. Between 1897 and 1901 Court Councillor Aleksander Szymkiewicz was elected as a deputy of Tbilisi City Counsil. He was also a member of the Society of Encouragement of Fragile Arts. From 1905 to 1906, aside from his work, he taught at the Academy of Arts of Tbilisi. In 1910, a merit-based scholarship has been established in his name.

Aleksander Szymkiewicz died in 1907, he is buried at the Lutheran cemetery of Tbilisi. In December 16, 2011, a symbolic tombstone was erected near the Lutheran Church of the Reconciliation in Tbilisi.

Info: Nino Kordzakhia

Main Projects

– “Islamic House,” Property of Ekaterine Rotinoff, the wife of Ivan Rotinoff, a first guild merchant, Uznadze street #19, Tbilisi 1885

– Private house on Petre Didi Street #6 (nowadays Shevchenko Street), Tbilisi, 1886

– House of an Architect, Gudovich street #7 (nowadays Tchonkadze #8) Tbilisi, 1888

The Caucasian Sericulture Complex (Between Mushtaidi Garden and Dinamo Stadium) Tbilisi, 1892
State Silk Museum, G. Tsabadze #6, Tbilisi 1891

Silk Museum, Tbilisi 1891

– The Courtroom and District Court Building, nowadays The Supreme Court of Georgia, Zubalashvili street #32, Tbilisi 1896

– Tbilisi Zakaria Paliashvili Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Tbilisi 1896 (with Shroeder)
Gimnasium of Batumi, 1897

– A private house of a first guild merchant Jagor Tamamshev, Ialbuzi street #18, Tbilisi 1901

– A private house G. Andreoletti, Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave #79, Tbilisi 1901

– Artist Society, nowadays Rustaveli Theatre, Rustaveli Ave #17, Tbilisi 1901 (with Korneli Tatischev)

– “Tiflis Passage” (with Mikhael Neprintsev additional building in 1935) Pushkin stret #7, Tbilisi 1902

– Musical Academy (nowadays Tbilisi State Conservatoire) Griboedov #8 Tbilisi 1904

– A private house of a first guild merchant Gerasime Tumaev, Davit Aghmashenebeli #166 Tbilisi, 1904

– A lower station of Funicular, with Bloush (Demolished in the first half of 1960s, an inaccurate replica built in 2012) Tbilisi, 1905

Other Works

– Furniture design for Silk Museum and Library

Mania, Maia: European Architects in Tbilisi, 2006. ISBN 99940-67-02-8

Mania, Maia. Silk museum. (24.09.2020)