Thursday, 1 June 2017
2nd Floor Corner Balcony in the Winter Palace
On May 27th 1827 Nicholas I approved the drawings and cost estimates for a ‘balcony on the middle floor of the [southwest] Winter Palace in the former half of the Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna’.
A month later on June 3rd Nicholas ordered the architect Charlemagne to prepare a project for two more small balconies for the northwest corner with a ‘pattern similar to the lattice that will be done for the Empress Marie Feodorovna’.
The southwest corner balcony was located on the 2nd floor facing the Admiralty parade ground. The documents reveal the decision was made in June to redesign the Dowager Empress Maria's apartment to include her daughter's former room.
After the 1837 fire, the small balconies in the northwest and southwest corners were rebuilt. In 1841 with the marriage of Alexander II and Marie Alexandrova, the room with the balcony was now known as the Gold Drawing Room with windows facing Palace Square and the Admiralty.
Sadonovikov’s 1850s painting (below) of the parade with the white awning
Photographs (below) of the balcony on the 2nd floor in the southwest corner from the 1850s to 1910s
View (below) of the balcony from the former private garden in 1924
The architect A. Sivkov dismantled the small balconies in the late 1920s. Photograph (below) in 1944 showing the balcony door to the former Gold Drawing Room remained until reconstructed as a window in the late 1940s.