Popular science film about the history of the building of the Literary Institute named after Gorky, which is known as "House of Griboyedov", "House of Herzen", "House of Massolita", and in which at different times lived A.I. Herzen, O. E. Mandelstam , A. Platonov. The film includes photographs, documents, manuscripts of A.I. Herzen, O.E. Mandelstam, A. Platonov. City of Moscow. The movement of cars and passers-by on Tverskoy Boulevard. The building of the Gorky Literary Institute. Monument to A.I. Herzen. Janitor sweeps snow.Winter landscape with trees. The exposition of the house-museum of A.I. Herzen. Chronicle footage: 1920s: Moscow, the movement of cars, trams, cabs, pedestrians on the streets of the city, the movement of tram No. 5, a policeman regulates traffic in the area of the Red Gate; men with backpacks are walking along a country road, a child is running after them; 1934, 1st Congress of Soviet Writers, participants of the Congress in the conference room, on the podium, among those present - A.N. Tolstoy.