In the second half of the XIX century, the cities of the Tobolsk province had many features of rural life: livestock, vegetable gardens, orchards. Even the provincial center amazed visitors with its provincialism.
Other cities of the Tobolsk province were not much different either. The improvement of settlements has been an unsolvable task for many years. At the end of the XIX century, serious work began on the arrangement of cities, which led to a change in the appearance of large commercial and industrial centers, such as Tyumen, Kurgan, Tobolsk, Tomsk. However, other cities have retained their former appearance. "The Turin sidewalks," wrote a certain columnist on the pages of the Siberian Trade Newspaper, "are nothing but old rotten boards placed "in their" place along some streets...".
Under the influence of urbanization processes, the construction of state-owned and private buildings has revived, and the gradual and increasingly widespread construction of brick housing begins.
The change in the architectural appearance of cities in the late XIX – early XX centuries was associated with the strengthening of the role of merchants and entrepreneurs: with considerable capital, they built monumental two-story wooden houses and brick mansions. Many wooden houses were built on a stone basement, or those whose first floor was made of brick. A lot of decorative artistic elements appeared – cornices, attic ledges, pediments, platbands, gates with carved patterns.