Saturday, 23 June 2018

Matilda Kshesinskaya’s Mansion in St. Petersburg

A newspaper correspondent informed his readers in 1906 that ‘all those who go and come from the Neva towards Kamennoostrovsky Avenue, admiring the elegant facade of the prima ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya’s mansion, is in one of the most picturesque corners of the capital’.
The Art Nouveau mansion was built in 1905-06 by the architect Alexander von Gauguin and interiors by Alexander Dmitriev. The archives have twenty design drawings of the interior.

Aerial view (below) of the Kshesinskaya Mansion
Photograph and Facades (below) of the Kshesinskaya Mansion

Plan of the 1st floor (below)
1 Lobby; 2 Hall; 3 Winter Garden; 4 Large Drawing Room; 5 Dining Room; 6 Study; 7 Billiard; 8 Anteroom; 9 Small Drawing room

Plan of the 2nd floor (below)
Plan of the Lower floor (below)

Rare photographs of the interiors were presented at the Tsarskoe Selo Conference on Art Nouveau in 2017 []

Photograph (below) of the Drawing Room
Photographs (below) of the Bathroom
Photograph (below) of the Nursery

Photograph (below) of the Kshesinskaya Mansion today

1 comment:

  1. I have always loved this style moderne jewel box of a house, and many thanks for this post! Can you tell me, are the communist era October Revolution stained glass windows still in place or have they been removed? Naturally I'm hoping they're long gone.

    Admittedly, I know nothing much about the house's architect other than his name, which I've always seen as Alexander von Hohen or фон Гоген in cyrillic. Is it actually "Gauguin", or was this a mistransliteration hiccup?