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Shuvalov (Naryshkin) Palace

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SHUVALOV (NARYSHKIN) PALACE (21 Fontanka River Embankment), a 19th century architectural monument. The left part of the existing building was constructed in the 1780s in Neoclassical style (unknown architect) for Count I.I. Vorontsov. In 1799, the house was acquired by Oberjegermeister D.L. Naryshkin (his wife later became a favourite of Emperor Alexander I). In 1821-22, a wing was attached to the right of the building (architect thought to be K. I. Rossi); there a ball room, decorated with white Corinthian columns and painted plafond (painter I.K. Scotti), a picture-gallery and a museum were arranged. Balls and concerts at the Naryshkins' were attended by the members of Imperial family and many famous literati. After the owner's death, the palace passed on to his nephew - L. Naryshkin, and in the 1840s to the daughter of the latter - Countess S.L. Shuvalova. In 1844-1849, architect B. Simon remodelled in Eclectic style the entrance hall, the front staircase, the Knights' Hall and sitting rooms and adorned them with plasters, carved and polished panels. At the same time architect N.E. Efimov united two parts of the building with the help of a common facade, designed in the Renaissance style. In 1900, Count Pavel P. Shuvalov inherited the palace, then his widow - Countess E.V. Shuvalova. In 1919-25, the palace housed the Museum of Everyday Life (West European paintings and Works of decorative applied art were exhibited); in 1927-29, it was the House of Press; in the early 1930s - the House of Technology; then the Molotov House of Engineers and Technicians; in the late 1930s, a planning organisation was located on the premises. In autumn of 1941 the decor of the columned hall was destroyed by a fire, caused by bombing (by 1950, it had been restored). Following interior restoration carried out in 1963-65 (architect M.M. Plotnikov), it became the Dom Druzhby (House of Friendship and Peace with Peoples of Foreign Countries) was opened within the precincts of the palace. Today the building hosts the Centre of International Cooperation.

References: Авгуль Л. Н., Крылова А. В. Дворец Нарышкиных-Шуваловых. СПб., 1996.

S. V. Boglachev.

Aarne V.
Alexander I, Emperor
Efimov Nikolay Efimovich
Molotov (real name Skryabin) Vyacheslav Mikhailovich
Naryshkin Dmitry Lvovich
Plotnikov Mikhail Mikhailovich
Rossi Carl Ivanovich (Carlo Giovanni)
Scotti Giovanni Batista (Ivan Karlovich)
Shuvalov Pavel Pavlovich, Count
Shuvalova Elizaveta Vladimirovna, Countess
Shuvalova Sofia Lvovna, Duchess
Simon Bernard de
Vorontsov Illarion Ivanovich, Count

Fontanka River Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city, house 21

Авгуль Л. Н., Крылова А. В. Дворец Нарышкиных - Шуваловых. СПб., 1996

Efimov N.E. (1799-1851), architect.

EFIMOV Nikolay Efimovich (1799-1851, St. Petersburg), architect, urban planner. From 1806 to 1821, he studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts; was later involved in studying traditional Russian architecture. In 1827-40, he lived in Italy

Fontanka, river

FONTANKA (known as Bezymyanny Erik until 1712-14), river, a branch in the Neva river delta, which crosses the central part of the city. The river flows from the Neva on the left, beside the Summer Garden

Italyanskaya Street

ITALYANSKAYA STREET, running from Griboedova Canal to the Fontanka River. Known as Bolshaya Italyanskaya Street from 1871 to 1919, then called Rakova Street until 1991

Naryshkin Family

NARYSHKIN FAMILY, a noble family, known since the 15th century, came to prominence after the marriage of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich and Natalia Kirillovna Naryshkina, mother of Peter the Great, in 1671

Postwar Restoration of Architectural Monuments

POSTWAR RESTORATION OF ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENTS. During the Siege of 1941-44, 187 of 210 buildings registered by the government as architectural monuments suffered from bombardment, suburban palaces-museums (except for Oranienbaum) were ruined

Shuvalov Family

SHUVALOV FAMILY, nobles and counts (since 1746), known since the 16th century. I.I. Shuvalov was a favourite of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna's. His brothers were Alexander Ivanovich Shuvalov (1710-71), a Count (1746), statesman