Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Emperor Nicholas II’s Dressing Room in the Winter Palace

The architect Alexander Krasovsky reconstructed in 1895 the former dining room on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace into the Gothic Library (178 on the plan), a dressing room (179) and bathroom (961) for Emperor Nicholas II.

Photograph today (below) from the door of the Gothic Library into the Dressing Room

Photograph c1917 and today (below) of the door to Nicholas’ Bathroom

Photograph (below) of the stained-glass window facing into the small inner courtyard

I discovered last week the photograph (below) taken in the fall of 1917 showing the open door to the valet’s room (180) and a partial view of the door on the left to the Gothic Library

Photograph today (below) from the door of the former dressing room into the valet’s room (180) and private study (181)


  1. Wow Joanna!
    The Dining room you mentioned are there any paintings of it?
    Ghostie x

  2. Only archival documents on the dining room. One day a painting may be discovered!

  3. Dear Joanna,

    What evidence do you have that Rm 961 was a bathroom? It certainly doesn’t seem to be one now - it appears to house an archive and is sealed every evening. I glimpsed inside last week on a recent trip to St Petersburg and the women guarding the Gothic Library were very mysterious about it. I think the room at the top of the stairs in the library is also being used as a research area now as I saw the same woman exiting it on two separate days. But I was told initially that this was a bathroom for Nicholas II. I know you are much more clued up about this than me, so any information would be welcome.

    Do you have a copy of Krasovsky’s plans please?

    Thank you,


    1. Krasovsky reconstructed this side of the former dining room into Nicholas' bathroom, passage room and valet room. I have photographs of the bathroom c1910s and today. It is closed off but you can see the original small door in the above photo. The former mezzanine wardrobe and other interior rooms are used by the Hermitage department.