Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Wooden Palace in Tsarskoe Selo or Pavlovsk?
Alexandra, before becoming Empress, gave birth to a stillborn son on July 10th 1820. She spent six weeks recovering that summer in the two-storey wooden Konstantinovsky Palace in the vast gardens of Pavlovsk.
Photograph (below) of the Konstantinovsky Palace in Pavlovsk c1867
For a long time this wooden palace was a mystery. Historians had described it in Tsarskoe Selo although we never could find its location when walking around the Catherine Park. Others, including Alexandra’s memoir, wrote of it in Pavlovsk.
At the same time Catherine the Great was constructing the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo for Alexander I, she began a wooden palace for her second grandson Konstantin Pavlovich in November 1792. It was in the meadow behind the Kagul Obelisk in front of the Zubov Wing side of the Catherine Palace. The exterior was painted yellow with a green roof. There were twenty-two rooms on the 1st floor and eight on the 2nd with a large bright corridor.
Painting (below) of Quarenghi’s Konstantinovsky Palace in Tsarskoe Selo
With the ascension of Paul I in 1796 and his hatred of his mother, he signed a decree on August 19th 1797 to disassemble and reassemble the wooden palace in Pavlovsk. It was completed in the summer of 1798.
Paintings, Map and Floor Plans (below) of the Konstantinovsky Palace in Pavlovsk
Photographs (below) of the Konstantinovsky Palace c1800s
Photographs (below) of the Konstantinovsky Palace c1920-1930
The wooden palace has not been preserved.