Ginzburg House was built in 1910-12 by two Odessian architects A.Minkus and F.Troupyansky and is rightfully considered the first Kiev skyscraper. The building had 8 stories (17 meters/56 ft) and stood on the top of the Pechersk Plateau that made the building appear even more visually imposing. Absolutely every detail of Kiev could be seen from the top of the viewing platform.
Ginzburg House was an icon of that time and soon was nicknamed the Paris of Kiev and valued at the time of 573,400 Imperial Rubles. The building featured innovations that at time were not seen anywhere before, such as a parking garage.
The façade of the structure consisted of expensive plastering and sculptures, and the structure was crowned with five large wooden towers. To further enrich the structure, the mirrors were used for the windows of the first and third floors instead of glass. The interior of the house featured a large marble staircase with iron railings and oak handles, parquet floors, rich plastering for the.
Ginzburg House was partially ruined during the WWII in 1941. And in early 1950s it was almost completely destroyed. In 1944 the City Council announced architectural competition for a new hotel. More than 20 different variants were presented for the contest in which architects from Kiev, Moscow and Leningrad took part.
In 1954 the hotel construction began. It was carried out by the following architects: Anatoliy Dobrovolsky, Borys Pryimak, Avraam Miletsky and others. The construction went on for years, and was constantly changed to please numerous politicians of that time which in the end resulted into the construction we see today. The official opening took place on the 28th of September, 1961. The building was also technically advanced and was the first in Kiev to have a lift in addition to luxuries such as electricity, fire escape provisions, central heating and ventilation.
In 2001 Hotel Moscow was renamed into Hotel Ukraine for the honour of the 10th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine. In 2005 Hotel Ukraine became a winner of a business rating “Leader of the industry” in the sphere “Hotels” and a winner of a competition “UkrHotel” as the best hotel of Ukraine.