Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Emperor Nicholas I's Office on the 3rd Floor of the Winter Palace
In 1826 after ascending the throne, Nicholas I arranged his office in a suite of rooms on the 3rd floor of the Winter Palace.
The Study (#390) and Corner Drawing Room (#391) are well known with Hau’s and Ukhtomsky’s watercolors. Although there are no images of the next two rooms facing the Neva River, archival documents reveal partial descriptions.
In the Portrait Drawing Room (#392 on the 3rd floor plan), the walls were covered with panels of yellow flowered silk. Today the walls are blue. The silk was removed either in 1888 for Alexander III, 1902-04 when Nicholas II reconstructed the rooms for guests or in the 1920s-30s.
Photographs (below) of the Portrait Drawing Room and restored ceiling today
3D Panorama (link below) of the Portrait Drawing Room
In the State Secretary’s room (#393), the walls were decorated in white marble. Above the doors were bas-reliefs and on the sides caryatids of artificial marble.
Photographs (below) of the State Secretary Room and restored ceiling today
3D Panorama (link below) of the State Secretary Room