The steam powered mill was built in 1903. It was equiped with electrical generator and boiler station. There was a railway from the mill to the hithe, that was demounted after the war. The owner of the mill was Aleksander Gergardt, an ethnic German. His name is inscripted on the wall. In the 1930-s the mill was named after Grudinin, in honour of the lathe operator K. Grudinin who was killed because of his communistic activity. During the Stalingrad battle the observation point of I. P. Elin, the commander of the 42nd regiment of the 13th Rifle Division, was situated here. The mill, the house of Pavlov and the house of Zabolotniy were the main defensive posts in the centre of Stalingrad. The ruined mill is an evidence of the violent fighting and the last-ditch heroism of the Stalingrad defenders. The ruins of the mill is a historical and cultural monument of the federal significance. The total area is 989,3 square metres.