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’.
Plan of the 1st floor (below)
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
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 [http://tzar.ru/Files/file/moderninrussia.pdf]
Photograph (below) of the Drawing Room
Photographs (below) of the Bathroom
Photograph (below) of the Nursery
Photograph (below) of the Kshesinskaya Mansion today