The hotel no longer exists. It was replaced by the Soviets in 1982 with a new building which still stands today: the Lenin museum, renamed after independence as the Ukrainian House art center.
“This is indeed a lively and spontaneous photo,” said Kyiv historian Vladyslava Osmak. “Camera devices and technologies at that time had already allowed capturing a moment, rather than building up statuary shots where nobody moves or there are no people at all.”
In the bottom right corner of the photograph, four women in black robes and white kerchiefs are seen walking energetically along tram lines. Some say they might have been nuns from the nearby Mykhalivskiy Orthodox Cathedral or Oleksandrivskiy Catholic Cathedral. But Osmak says her “personal and subjective feeling is that those women march too energetically and confidently, something an Orthodox nuns never does.