Mikhail Eisenstein - Biography
Mikhail Osipovich Eisenstein, (Михаил Осипович Эйзенштейн, 1867, St. Petersburg - 1921, Berlin), was a Russian architect and civil engineer. His paternal grandparents being German Jews, had converted to Orthodox Christianity, and his maternal grandparents were Swedes. He graduated from the Institute of Civic Engineering in St. Petersburg in 1893. He was the designer of a number of Art Nouveau buildings in Riga (now in Latvia). He built several apartment buildings for State Counsellor A. Lebedinsky, including the ones at Alberta iela 4 (1904), 6 (1903) and 13, and at Elizabetes iela 10b (1903). His projects were characterized by decorative, odd-shaped windows, often with large female head shapes, bright glazed brick or ceramic plates, glass and metal tiles etc.
His son Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein was a well-known Soviet film director.