Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Countess Alexandra Hendrikov’s Apartment on the 3rd Floor of the Winter Palace
Countess Alexandra (Nastenka) Hendrikov, lady in waiting to Empress Alexandra, had an apartment in the Freylinsky Corridor on the 3rd Floor of the Winter Palace in 1916-1917.
Countess Olga Hendrikoff was the sister-in-law of Nastenka, married to her brother Peter.
In ‘A Countess in Limbo - Diaries in War & Revolution – Russia 1914-1920 & France 1939-1947’ edited by Suzanne Carsallen, Countess Olga Hendrikoff describes the Hendrikov family home at 3 Mikhailovskaya Square (Михайловская площади) and Nastenka’s suite of rooms.
Photo of Mikhailovskaya Square (below) c1900
On February 27th, 1917 Olga writes of Nastenka’s return to Petrograd and having been met by a palace courtier in plain clothes rather than court livery.
Photograph of Nastenka & Baroness Buxhoeveden
In July 1917, Olga, prior to leaving for Kislovdsk, went to the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo to say goodbye to Nastenka and describes this last sad meeting.
Photograph (below) of a room in Nastenka's apartment in the Winter Palace in November 1917