Thursday, 6 July 2017
Own Dacha, Peterhof
In the summer of 1797 Emperor Paul had Empress Elizabeth’s stone palace in Peterhof redecorated and gave it to his wife Marie Feodorva. Nicholas I gave his son Alexander II the right to use the renamed Own Dacha in 1843.
Andrei Stakenschneider redesigned the facades and with Alexander Briullov the interiors in the French rococo stye from 1846 to 1850. On July 20th 1850 the solemn consecration of the renewed dacha was held before the imperial family.
Photographs (beow) of the Dacha c1870s to 1900s
Plan and Model (below) of the Dacha
Alexander II’s valet room, dressing room, study, dining room and yellow and blue drawing rooms were on the 1st floor.
The library, Marie’s study, drawing room, bedroom and maid’s room were on the 2nd Floor. Above the canopied bed was a carved ivory image of the Madonna. In the bathroom was a marble tub with the mural ‘Triumph of Galatea on the large wall.
L. Premazzi's watercolor (below) of the bedroom
It was here that Alexander II and Marie Alexandrovna honeymooned in the spring of 1841. A devastating loss for the family was the death of their six-year old daughter Alexandra in the dacha on June 16th, 1849. Although Alexander II lived in the Farm Palace in Peterhof, they continued to use the dacha occasionally. The lady-in-waiting Anna Tiutchev wrote that on the name day of Marie on July 22nd 1854 “… in the evening the imperial family gathered for tea in own little palace …”
Forty years later, Nicholas II wrote on June 26th 1895 that he “ … went with Alix to the Private Dacha. We looked over the house …”
Photographs (below) of the Dacha c1945 and today with restoration work ongoing