The use of natural stone exterior and interior decoration of buildings, construction of roads, embankments, landscaping and memorial works in St. Petersburg has a long history . Massive use of granite originates from the moment of laying Peter I the new capital of the Russian Empire, they betrothed St. Petersburkh. Peter and I hired the Russian service in 1703, the first architect of St. Petersburg's Domenico Trezzini the first time in the history of Russia laid the foundation and put into practice the principles of regularity of urban development. To date, the architectural ensemble of the historic center of St. Petersburg is one of the most prominent and expressive metropolitan complexes created worldwide over the past three centuries.
Starting rapid development of stone processing in Russia, a country of wooden architecture, was inextricably linked with the growing needs in the new building materials in the design of the mass construction of St. Petersburg on the model of European capitals . The development of stone working in St. Petersburg due to the proximity to the historically rich prirodokamennym resources located now in the Leningrad Region, the Republic of Karelia and Finland, with a predominance of deposits granites, diorites and granosyenites gray and gray-pink color.
Stone mining and processing industries of the Russian Empire reached the highest stage of development in the late XIX - early XX century. The degree of development of the industry clearly indicate Classified information and advertising, taken from the catalog of architectural projects Release 1904.