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Title: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 15, 2006, 02:04:04 PM
As everybody knows St Petersbourg has been chosen by Putin for being the place of meetings for the next G8 in July...

During few weeks it will be "the centre of the world"where "powerful countries"will debate on the future of the world,decid "a lot of important things"so probably, Strelna should be the place of congresses as it had been dedicated for...

So,we may wonder if St Petersbourg will do important restorations (perhaps the Grand prince Alexei's palace),or reconstructions of importants buildings just like Strelna at the occasion of the 300th century of the town in 2003...

Thank you in advance of all information,
Vassili
Sorry,for the bad quality of my english...
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on March 17, 2006, 02:58:04 AM
I will be in Moscow and St. Petersburg during the G8 Conference and a few weeks beyond.

Hotels were virtually impossible to book even in December, not allowing me to reserve my first preferences in both cities.

It will however be an interesting time to be there.   ::)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: hikaru on March 18, 2006, 07:36:19 AM
I think that restorations and G8 has no much connections.
But from the last year the Governer Mrs. Matvienko is trying to make the programme " The Facades of Petersburg".
So I think that all facades in Center  will look brightly
till G8.
Actually the city will be closed since 1st of July till the end of July.
Very pitty for tourists, hotels, guides, museums etc.....
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on March 18, 2006, 03:40:17 PM
Very glad I will be there in April !
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 18, 2006, 04:12:30 PM
Thanks everyone for the replies!!!

What is a pity in my view is the fact there will just have a work of frontage  on the buildings and (very probaly)only in the center whereas main historical monuments need "a total renovation "they just hide the bad condition of preservation ...

Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on March 18, 2006, 07:12:07 PM
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I think that restorations and G8 has no much connections.
But from the last year the Governer Mrs. Matvienko is trying to make the programme " The Facades of Petersburg".
So I think that all facades in Center  will look brightly
till G8.
Actually the city will be closed since 1st of July till the end of July.
Very pitty for tourists, hotels, guides, museums etc.....


I don't think so I have accommodation confirmed and paid for in July and August.

On July 13 - 14 there is a Forum in Moscow.

There is a junior meeting in Pushkin July 7-18.

The G8 Summit is on July 15 - 17 in St. P, and then the next items on the agenda are in September.

Why would St. P be "closed off" for the remainder of July after July 19 at the first instance  ... it makes no sense?  :o
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: hikaru on March 18, 2006, 09:09:28 PM
July in Petersburg is inpossible.
maybe in Pushkin would be OK.
City's hotels is closed for the preparations. At the present, it is forbidden to make reservations for the tourists. But maybe it would be changed . So you could wait.
Because connected institutes from all participants of G8 will start to enter to the city in the beginning of July.
The security is necessary.
But if you would go for work, it would be better if you go not from 13-20 July in Petersburg. Because , sometimes, it would be impossible to walk the center of the city.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on March 18, 2006, 10:21:18 PM
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July in Petersburg is inpossible.
maybe in Pushkin would be OK.
City's hotels is closed for the preparations. At the present, it is forbidden to make reservations for the tourists. But maybe it would be changed . So you could wait.
Because connected institutes from all participants of G8 will start to enter to the city in the beginning of July.
The security is necessary.
But if you would go for work, it would be better if you go not from 13-20 July in Petersburg. Because , sometimes, it would be impossible to walk the center of the city.


Hikaru,

You misunderstand me I have accommodation paid and confirmed prior to July 20.

Are you suggesting that it will be impossible to walk down Nevski Prospekt or cross the bridges?

What are the residents going to do during this period?
 ???

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on March 18, 2006, 10:32:17 PM
Hikaru,

With the Moskovskii train station roughly at the central point along Nevskii are you suggesting that that will also be closed to all daily movements?

I find it hard to believe that the trains to and from Moscow will not run during that period.

Is there any documentation that can viewed regarding the "lock down" issues.

Thanks if you can help me, I am starting to be become a little concerned.  :o  
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: hikaru on March 18, 2006, 11:05:44 PM
At the present. the ordinary people would not allowed to use train station (train station should be closed from 15 -20 July for ordinary tourists etc.). But Maybe later it would be changed. Nobody knows
I am sure that during the sammit all archives , institutes, some of museums will be ordered to take a rest for this period of time. ( The same thing occured   during 300 th Anniversary).
So, if you want to enter to Petersburg, it would be better to do it till 14 th of July. It is said that Airport and Train Stations would be closed completely since 2 days before the sammitte. Maybe everything would be changed. Novody knows.
Maybe Alexandr Palace would be the better place to work during the sammit in Petersburg.
The residents would be ordered to leave Petersburg for dachas if it is possible. Usually, there are no residents in this time of the year in the city. Or a very few of them.
If you want to get more ifm, it is better to ask your Travel Company. Because the proper travel company should know the information.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on March 18, 2006, 11:49:17 PM
Hi Hikaru,

The company "Russia and Beyond" here in Australia has assured me that they rang the Hotel in St. P in question and it will not be closed during this period. I was informed that the majority of hotels are "fully booked out" because of the need to accommodate support staff and the multitudes of global journalists and TV crews.

Those personnel, will need to walk down Nevsky and eat. I am sorry but I have immense difficulty in believing that the city center will become inoperative during this period.

Locals certainly may be encouraged to take time out, but a large city such as St. P does not cease to function.

Furthermore there was no indication from the Russian Consulate here in Canberra that I was not able to enter St. P on my specified date. They endorsed my visa within days, knowing my dates of entry to each Russian city, as is the required  procedure.

Do you have any specific local government information that I can view on this matter please?
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on March 19, 2006, 07:02:53 PM
Hi Hikaru,

This morning I contacted the exclusive agency that deals with all the bookings for Australian residents who travel to Russia. They informed me that most hotels are indeed booked out for the exclusive use of G8 Summit personnel, BUT one or two hotels will remain available for ordinary tourists.

I was assured that the city center will function.

There will no doubt be a several kilometer exclusionary zone around Strelna and Pushkin, similar to what was in place in Scotland (Gleaneagles) and Geneva.

It is however quite possible that the Hermitage at that time may only be open for the exclusive use of the Summit support staff which may imply that it might not be accessible to locals. It is clearly advertised on the G8 website as a place of interest.

The trains will not cease operation between Moscow and St. P which implies that Moskovski Vokzalwill not be closed. (This information I confirmed after a phone call last night to my friend living in Moscow who will be travelling with me.)

What this all means to the private individual is that if you have to be in St. P during this period early bookings are advised to avoid disappointment. This is exactly why I booked everything well ahead in December.

However security issues can change as the time draws nearer, which may mean I will have to stay in Moscow longer than anticipated. :D
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 26, 2006, 10:54:35 AM
It had been mentionned that for the G8,it will have a work of frontage...so I deduce that there won't have any special restoration work for this event which is before all political...

So,I'll reformulate my question...is there a special restoration these year in the town- and not only in the imperial estate in the surburbs-...?

Thanks in advance to all of you...
Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 27, 2006, 10:53:57 AM
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So,I'll reformulate my question...is there a special restoration these year in the town- and not only in the imperial estate in the surburbs-...?

Yes, there is...     ;)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on March 30, 2006, 08:24:29 PM
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Quote
So,I'll reformulate my question...is there a special restoration these year in the town- and not only in the imperial estate in the surburbs-...?

Yes, there is...     ;)

Could you expand a little further please?

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 31, 2006, 11:56:58 AM
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Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on March 31, 2006, 07:15:18 PM


(Thank you for the information! It shall all look very attractive.)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 01, 2006, 11:57:03 AM
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I'm terribly worried,it's already a (huge )problem for a french not to speak his language on the website so please no russian,it complicates more and more the thing...but ,next year I'll learn russian...so ,wait a few time!
Thanks in advance,Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on April 01, 2006, 12:03:18 PM
Essentially, posting in Russian without a translation is posting a private message on a public thread. I find it inconsiderate and exclusionary.
  A whole thread of Russian only would be a different matter, even a "learn Russian " thread. But posting  where the vast majority of readers will not understand what is being said....?
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 01, 2006, 12:21:34 PM
Sorry, Robert. My English isn`t fluent and I need time to translate from Russian to English. It`s first reason. Second reason is my laziness… :-/
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: BobG on April 01, 2006, 12:32:02 PM
Vladimir,
I never would have guessed from all your wonderful posts that you weren't completely fluent in English.  I certainly understand how much easier it is for you now that we can post in Russian, but I encourage a translation accommpany any message in a language other than the primary one of the board (English).  I think being able to post phrases and book titles etc. will be very great addition to the forum, but I think Robert was somewhat severe in his reponse.  I know that with all that you have shared with us in the past, you are anything but "inconsiderate or exclusionary."

Forum Administrator:
You may want to set up some guidelines for using Russian and other languages now that you have made it possible to do so.

BobG
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on April 01, 2006, 12:42:20 PM
Vladimir,   I agree, your English is wonderful.  I was not intending to be "severe". I tried to bring up a point- and offer suggestions that would be inclusive to all- translations, learning Russian and  a "Russian only, which actually could be quite helpful to those  trying to learn to read Cyrillic.
BTW, I DO read Russian, with the help of a good dictionary, so I am not being pouty about this.
 Yes, guidelines might well be in order.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 03, 2006, 04:54:37 AM
Hello,
So,after all Vladimir could you be as kind to translate from russian to english???

Thanks a lot,
V.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 04, 2006, 12:15:11 PM
Sorry. It was bad idea to write in Russian without a translation. I wrote that Pavlovsk museum is restoring the facade of the palace and installing new security system and that some interiors in Strelna Palace Complex will be redecorated.
There is also possibility that new fountains will be erected in the Strelna Park. The fountains will be absolutely new. (Peter the Great intended to establish a state summer residence in Strelna with giant system of fountains, but nothing was done because in 1721 Peter suddenly lost interest in Strelna. I think you know this story.)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: BobG on April 04, 2006, 04:29:15 PM
Vladimir,
Thank you for the translation and the information.  We certainly rely on you to keep us up to date on work on the Palaces.
Believe me, we appreciate it, and we now appreciate it even more knowing that it is not quite as simple for you to translate into English as we had thought.  I always made the assumption that English was almost as easy for you as Russian.  Shame on me for making such assumptions.  I know that translating the text you supplied on the Alexander Palace was a tremendously difficult task for me, and I certainly appreciate your efforts.
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BobG
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on May 13, 2006, 10:17:26 AM
I wonder if someone has photographs(actual or not)some public places buildings(hotels,cabaret,restaurant ) before the revolution...?Old buildings which could be restored to develop tourism...

Everybody knows the imortance of baths in Russia so,is there historical baths in Petersbourg as Moscow?

I would be also interested to see photographs of the maxim's retaurant in Moscow(I know,it's not the right place there)

Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 05, 2006, 03:54:17 PM
It was right ...the Maxim's restorant was located in Moscow...

Please send if you have any informarions of any kind...
Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Douglas on June 05, 2006, 08:19:12 PM




Dear Vladimir

Your use of the little emoticon faces is perfect.   No translation is needed.  Keep up your wonderful posts.  I thank you.

Douglas ;)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 06, 2006, 06:59:18 PM
Well,Douglas

I don't really undertsand the aim of the message in the context...perhaps amI not shapr enough.

Please,answer to my question...!
V.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on September 18, 2006, 07:38:25 AM
Even if the G8 is past time,I'll use this page for all that concerns town changes ,urbanisation in the historical center...

I've fiound this document and given, the fact I'm not fluent into english I do not all understand...

http://www.kve.ru/projects/naberejnaja.html

This complex -which would takes place in historicals buildings- would destruct some others historicals munuments?
Where would the palace of the danse exactly situated?

Vassili
For some who would like to buy appartments next to Winter palace...!
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on September 18, 2006, 07:42:08 AM
I've also found this article from thE uNESCO in St Petersburg,informatrions about the New holand restoration by Norman Foster architect of the Reichstag among others...

http://whc.unesco.org/archive/2006/mis540-2006.pdf#search=%22world%20heritage%20report%20on%20the%20mission%20to%20St%20petersburg%20february%203%20%22

Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on September 18, 2006, 07:49:13 AM
If some have illustrations of the project of reniovation of the new holland(it would be a concert hall,an hotel and a large park of entertainment)?

Thanks you in advance...

Vassili

As for the complex in St Pdetersburg can someone tell if the architecture will be modern or not?

One may also noticed that the old buildings of the jail will be turned in an hotel.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on September 18, 2006, 05:43:59 PM
I've just read that Putin has taken the Polovtsov dacha in Petersburg environs to make it his personal home...Has the restoration always started?

Some pics of the dach there:http://enlight.ru/camera/31/index_e.html

Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on September 18, 2006, 06:11:18 PM
If it is the dacha I was shown last springtime- it is well finished.
 Also, the New Holland island complex was still closed to access  due to the major fire of 2 years [?] ago. But, it looked fascinating to explore. I do hope something good comes from the development.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on September 18, 2006, 07:47:21 PM
Also, the New Holland island complex was still closed to access  due to the major fire of 2 years [?] ago. But, it looked fascinating to explore. I do hope something good comes from the development.


There was nothing to see when I walked past Novaya Gollandiya in August.

Margarita
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on October 24, 2006, 03:40:03 AM
I've found this page in russian on the Polovtsov's dacha interiors

http://archi.ru/publications/virtual/fomin/text/2_polovcova.htm

Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on October 30, 2006, 06:14:39 AM
As I put it before in account of the fact the G8 is ended I will use this page for all that concern urban life in Petersburg...

A serie of shot of staircases in Petersburg:in the fontanka there:(al of this is an extract from the book Les maisons russes,I hope ther would be nor problem with rights...)
This is known as house Tourgueniev:

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The hall of Tourgeuniv's house(restored a few before)
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Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on October 31, 2006, 06:19:14 AM
On those book you can also found the restoration of this flat Petrograd part of the town near St Peter and St Paul...After years of neglect,it is now a "trendy"place where oligarchs and business of sT Petersburg use to live ...

(http://img445.imageshack.us/img445/4937/quartierptrogradnearstpqr6.th.jpg) (http://img445.imageshack.us/my.php?image=quartierptrogradnearstpqr6.jpg)

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 01, 2006, 07:21:15 AM
And to finish some interiors of a prerevolutional flat turned into a commutarian appartement during soviet times and which have recover its original shape (everything was lost :from the floor in marquetry to the  earthenware stove)during the last decade owing to a conscencious and intresting restoration...

Just have a see and think to what could have glitter  middle-class or upper-class apartments before thr revolution...

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Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 01, 2006, 07:26:11 AM
I had forgotten the staircase of Chaliapline apartemlent on the canal Griboiedov...

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Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 19, 2006, 11:01:19 AM
New things on new holland project,I believe it was respectuous of the whole building but according to wandering camera it is not,the text I found on it(I can not translate rather wall(please use automaic transaltor or anything else...)The view of the project is not as interesteing as I believe at first sight...
http://www.enlight.ru/camera/377/index.html
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 03, 2006, 05:40:27 PM
Mariinsky Theater Opens New Concert Hall
By Galina Stolyarova
Staff Writer



Valery Gergiev, the indefatigable artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater, was triumphant on Wednesday at the inauguration of the theater's brand-new, state-of-the-art concert hall, located in the company's former warehouse on Ulitsa Pisareva, a few hundred meters from the historical building.A 2 1/2 hour gala performance featuring such top-flight international performers as Russian violinists Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and Russian tenor Vladimir Galuzin, alongside the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gergiev, marked the launch ceremony.
"This is perhaps the first time in modern Russia when private sponsors have invested more than the state into a grand-scale cultural project," the maestro said.
Russia's Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said $15 million of state money was invested into the concert hall, in addition to $24 million that came from private companies and individuals.

Six individual donors, Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, RUSAL chairman Oleg Deripaska and Akhmed Bilalov, the deputy head of the Russian Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, gave money to the Mariinsky.
"The opening of this hall marks the beginning of a new era for Russia," Kudrin said after the concert on Wednesday. "It shows that the country is getting stronger and in such grand-scale cultural projects state support goes hand in hand with private sponsorship. I find it a most encouraging sign."
The story of the Mariinsky's new concert hall, which is also referred to as the theater's "third stage," is almost literally the story of a phoenix rising from the ashes.
In September 2003, the warehouse on Ulitsa Pisareva nearly perished in a massive blaze that destroyed scenery for at least 30 of the theater's productions that was stored there. It was later decided to use the space for a modern concert hall and construction began in June 2005.
"We expect to receive some of the world's finest performers here, and very soon," Gergiev said. One of the confirmed arrangements is a visit of the London Symphony Orchestra, which Gergiev is now leading as artistic director.
Trade and Economic Development Minister German Gref made a metaphorical reference to what he felt was a much greater fire.
"The need for the revival of the burnt premises and the need for a new concert venue were great indeed but Valery Gergiev's commendable burning enthusiasm for his theater made a much stronger impression," he said after the gala on Wednesday.
Kudrin was enthusiastic about the Mariinsky's ambitious plans for further expansion.

"The next step will be the construction of the theater's 'second stage,' [a new theater to run alongside its historic building] which will be covered entirely by the federal budget, and which we hope to complete within the next three years," Kudrin said. "After that we will get to the renovation of the Mariinsky's historic premises."
Designed by the French architect Xavier Fabre in the shape of a child's cradle, the new concert hall can seat 1,100 people. Good visibility and excellent acoustics are hallmarks of the new space.
"It was my premier goal to make all seats in the audience comfortable," Fabre said at a news briefing on Wednesday. "And this is a very multifunctional space, open to experiments with scenery, genres, and new forms of artistic activities."
Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota of the internationally acclaimed Nagata Acoustics was responsible for the hall's acoustics. The company prides itself on the exceptional sound of some of the world's most distinguished classical venues, including Japan's Sapporo and Kawasaki concert halls and the U.S. Walt Disney concert hall in Los Angeles.
"Some of the world's most sought-after violinists performed here tonight; they played their beautiful instruments, a Gvarneri and a Stradivari," Gergiev said, referring to Vengerov and Repin. "I am very proud that the new instrument of our own, the new hall, lived up to the challenge."
Canadian maple — Yasuhisa Toyota's preferred material — was ordered for the hall's interiors. Local experts had suggested the Karelian pine but as the acoustician has not worked with the material, the maple was requested.
Everything about the new hall has a personal touch.
Gergiev personally selected several types of seats for the auditorium — they differ depending on their location in the hall — which were commissioned from a French furniture factory.
After the gala, Japanese diplomats mounted the stage to award Gergiev Japan's prestigious Order of the Rising Sun for the musician's personal input into the country's cultural life — the Mariinsky tours Japan frequently and extensively — and his support for emerging young talent in Japan.
"There are just 300 grams of wood in a violin but what makes a Stradivari precious is its marvelous acoustics," he said. "Likewise, we could have spent three hundred million dollars on this hall but its value is in its acoustics," said Gergiev.
Earlier Wednesday President Vladimir Putin visited the new concert hall and sat in on a rehearsal for the gala.
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 03, 2006, 05:42:35 PM
Skyscraper scandal
By Steven Lee Myers
the new york times


The winning design for Gazprom's new skyscraper in St. Petersburg is announced on Friday, but not everyone is happy about it.On Friday, the authorities are to announce the winner of a design competition that will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity — or ruin one of the world's most beautiful cities. In this debate, it seems, there is no middle ground.Russia's state-controlled energy company, Gazprom, invited six foreign architects to submit drawings of a proposed business center, anchored by a soaring skyscraper for its newly acquired oil subsidiary. And then in an unusual gesture of openness for construction projects in this country, the company asked the public to comment, even to vote.
The consequent furor seems unlikely to subside soon.

The proposals, now on exhibition at the Academy of Arts and viewable on the web at www.gazprom-city.info, include stylish modern buildings that evoke, among other things, a curtain of glass, a gas-fueled flame, a strand of DNA and a lady's high-heeled shoe.
The most vehement reactions, however, have been to the project's scale and to its site, a historic one where the Neva River meets the Bolshaya Okhta, opposite the ornate, blue-and-white Smolny Cathedral.
The main tower in each proposal would be three or four times higher than the city's most famous landmarks, including Smolny, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Admiralty, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the golden spire of which reaches 122.5 meters, or 404 feet, the city's tallest building excluding the 310-meter television tower in the northern part of the city.
A building of that height, the project's critics argue, would irrevocably mar a cityscape that Unesco has declared a World Heritage Site.
"Even if it were made of solid gold," said Vladimir Popov, president of the Union of Architects of St. Petersburg and a critic of Gazprom's project, "it would nevertheless kill the city."
The architects' union has refused to participate in the jury Gazprom has chosen to evaluate the designs and threatened to file suit to stop the winner from ever being built. The director of the State Hermitage Museum, Mikhail Piotrovsky, has also inveighed against the project, organizing meetings of preservationists and architects to propose alternative sites.
"Something the city needs is development," Piotrovsky said in an interview in his museum office in the Winter Palace, which itself established acceptable height limits for most buildings for decades, "but let's not destroy the old city."
Gazprom, however, has certain advantages that make the skyscraper appear inevitable, despite the public outcry.
Not least of them is the fact that the company is, effectively, an arm of the Kremlin and is now the world's fourth largest company by stock value, worth more than $250 billion.
The project also has the support of St. Petersburg's leaders, including Governor Valentina Matviyenko, who has championed the new business center, with an estimated cost exceeding $2 billion, as a sorely needed economic boost for a city that has long suffered in Moscow's shadow.
President Vladimir Putin, a native of St. Petersburg, has long supported efforts to relocate companies and government bodies to the city.
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 03, 2006, 05:56:19 PM
  
The winning design for Gazprom's new skyscraper in St. Petersburg is announced on Friday, but not everyone is happy about it.On Friday, the authorities are to announce the winner of a design competition that will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity — or ruin one of the world's most beautiful cities. In this debate, it seems, there is no middle ground.Russia's state-controlled energy company, Gazprom, invited six foreign architects to submit drawings of a proposed business center, anchored by a soaring skyscraper for its newly acquired oil subsidiary. And then in an unusual gesture of openness for construction projects in this country, the company asked the public to comment, even to vote.
The consequent furor seems unlikely to subside soon.
The proposals, now on exhibition at the Academy of Arts and viewable on the web at www.gazprom-city.info, include stylish modern buildings that evoke, among other things, a curtain of glass, a gas-fueled flame, a strand of DNA and a lady's high-heeled shoe.
The most vehement reactions, however, have been to the project's scale and to its site, a historic one where the Neva River meets the Bolshaya Okhta, opposite the ornate, blue-and-white Smolny Cathedral.
The main tower in each proposal would be three or four times higher than the city's most famous landmarks, including Smolny, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Admiralty, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the golden spire of which reaches 122.5 meters, or 404 feet, the city's tallest building excluding the 310-meter television tower in the northern part of the city.
A building of that height, the project's critics argue, would irrevocably mar a cityscape that Unesco has declared a World Heritage Site.
"Even if it were made of solid gold," said Vladimir Popov, president of the Union of Architects of St. Petersburg and a critic of Gazprom's project, "it would nevertheless kill the city."
The architects' union has refused to participate in the jury Gazprom has chosen to evaluate the designs and threatened to file suit to stop the winner from ever being built. The director of the State Hermitage Museum, Mikhail Piotrovsky, has also inveighed against the project, organizing meetings of preservationists and architects to propose alternative sites.
"Something the city needs is development," Piotrovsky said in an interview in his museum office in the Winter Palace, which itself established acceptable height limits for most buildings for decades, "but let's not destroy the old city."
Gazprom, however, has certain advantages that make the skyscraper appear inevitable, despite the public outcry.
Not least of them is the fact that the company is, effectively, an arm of the Kremlin and is now the world's fourth largest company by stock value, worth more than $250 billion.
The project also has the support of St. Petersburg's leaders, including Governor Valentina Matviyenko, who has championed the new business center, with an estimated cost exceeding $2 billion, as a sorely needed economic boost for a city that has long suffered in Moscow's shadow.
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 03, 2006, 05:59:58 PM
That the city's zoning laws forbid anything in that area higher than 48 meters appears to be no obstacle, recalling a Russian aphorism: "It is forbidden, but if you really want it, then it is possible."

Gazprom officials said they would seek to have the law changed once a design was chosen.
Gazprom has embraced for itself the legacy of Peter the Great, who built the city by decree at the beginning of the 18th century to become a new capital and Russia's "window on the West." And like Peter the Great, the company turned to foreign architects, not Russian ones, inviting seven to submit designs.

Six agreed: Jean Nouvel of Paris; Massimiliano Fuksas of Rome; the Swiss team Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron; Rem Koolhaas of the Netherlands; the British collective RMJM London; and Daniel Libeskind, the Polish-born American who designed the master plan for the new World Trade Center site in New York City.
Nikolai Tanayev, general director of Gazprom Neft Invest, the subsidiary overseeing the project, said the project was intended to restore the city's status as a bridge to European culture and investment. He compared today's criticism to that lodged against the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris more than a century ago.
"We live in the 21st century, not in the 18th," he said. "Views are different. If you spoke of launching satellites in the 18th century, you would have been accused of devil worship."
At the Academy of Arts, on the Neva embankment, the exhibition has drawn the curious to see models of the six proposals. Visitors are asked to vote for their favorite on a ballot that declares, "The City Chooses the Future." People may also vote online.
One irony, not lost on some, is that the city's voters no longer have the right to choose their governor, a chief supporter of the project, following Putin's abolition of direct elections for regional leaders in 2004.
Nor can they vote "against all," another ballot choice eliminated from Russian elections this year.
Ilya Tatarinov, an architectural student, expressed doubt that the public's choice would sway Gazprom (and the company said that the voting would be only one factor in a final decision). But he had little doubt that the project would proceed.
"It is absolutely not appropriate for the city," he said, "but most likely they will build it regardless."
A worn factory now occupies the site — now covered in a giant panel announcing Gazprom's project. Although few object to revitalizing the area, which is rundown, some opponents noted that it was the site of a Swedish fort from the 17th century and thus has archeological significance.
And while the site is more than 10 kilometers from the center of the city, they argue that its main tower would be visible from almost any point in the city, destroying what Aleksandr Margolis, the head of the Charitable Fund for the Saving of Petersburg and Leningrad, called an architectural harmony largely unaltered for nearly three centuries.
The project's supporters counter that the city of Pushkin, Gogol and Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky, Diaghilev and Shostakovich — not to mention Lenin and the Bolsheviks — should not let its past bind its future.
"There is a mistaken belief that St. Petersburg's center has remained unchanged since it was founded," the city's vice governor, Aleksandr Vakhmistrov, said in a written response to questions. "In the last 300 years, however, the city has changed. New houses have been built in place of old ones."
He went on: "St. Petersburg should preserve its architectural traditions, but should not reject improvement."
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 03, 2006, 06:17:05 PM
This project of tower is a shame,it is a proof that russia has nor real legislation,the governement is just money obsessed,the res is nor espect of historical legislation...!!!

http://www.archiseek.com/content/showthread.php?t=5596

http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?action_id=2&story_id=18301
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on January 16, 2007, 06:49:07 AM
This the link to the page of Lomonossov factory...http://www.ipm.ru/

Could someone say if it is as geat as the factory of Sèvres in Paris?

tHANKS,
v.
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on January 16, 2007, 07:01:52 AM
News on Oraniembaum...
"City Has Plan to Revive Oranienbaum

Staff Writer

  ALEXANDER BELENKY / The St. Petersburg Times

A view across the gardens to a building standing in the Oranienbaum estate.

City authorities are developing a grandiose $21 million plan to revive the Oranienbaum former royal estate at Lomonosov, about 30 kilometers west of St. Petersburg.



The Oranienbaum palace complex, which contains the Menshikov Palace, the Chinese Palace, Peter III's palace and the Katalnaya Gorka building, is set to undergo a renaissance after years of neglect.

This year, City Hall has promised to spend 170 million rubles ($6 million) on the restoration of the magnificent Rococo monuments of Oranienbaum. The work on the entire complex is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2006, said Vera Dementyeva, head of the City Hall's committee for the protection of architectural monuments (KGIOP).

Oranienbaum's genuine jewel is the marvelous, but crumbling 1710 Menshikov Palace.

Despite its status as a world cultural monument within UNESCO's world cultural heritage list, the palace has in the past received little attention from the authorities, with barely any promotion or funding at all. Taken over by Soviet military forces during the war, the palace was, until 1983, a closed defense center and thus inaccessible to visitors.

During World War II, all of St. Petersburg former imperial palaces, except Oranienbaum, were occupied by the German army. Ironically, it was Oranienburg that suffered most from neglect during the Soviet and post-Soviet years.

Because it was untouched by Nazi hands, the palace has also missed out on restoration funds reserved for palaces that were almost completely destroyed during the war.

The plan for Oranienbaum envisages museums and commercial structures sharing the same territory.

Irina Voinova, the project's architect, said the concept is for the palace complex to be turned into a leisure park featuring a greenhouse, several hiking routes, renovated architectural monuments, a stables, a zoo, cafes, restaurants and new small hotels.

"A thorough concept of a recreation park has been developed," Interfax quoted Voinova as saying. "No aspect was ignored, be it landscape design, road infrastructure, new excursions, public toilets, signposts or places to eat."

Vadim Znamenov, the director of Peterhof, warned against excessive commercialization of the estate.

"Oranienbaum is such a delicate, charming structure, such a great monument with an interesting history that one shouldn't treat it roughly," Interfax quoted Znamenov as saying.

Experts say Oranienbaum's particular plight is high humidity and absence of an appropriate system of disposing of rainfall on the buildings. Without renovation, the precious monuments have been rotting from within.

"The interiors suffered the most but, the buildings themselves are in a very alarming state," Dementyeva said.

In the meantime, a helping hand has been offered from abroad.

In March, the British-based World Monuments Fund offered to pay for restoration work in the Chinese Palace, which is listed among the 100 world's most endangered sites of the World Monuments Watch, a global program launched in 1995. The program draws attention to imperiled cultural heritage sites around the world, and directs timely financial support to their preservation. But owing to bureaucratic procrastination and some shortcomings in the fund's proposal, it hasn't been able to proceed.

Earlier this spring, Mikhail Shvydkoi, head of the Russian federal agency for culture and cinematography, recommended that Oranienbaum be reclassified from being a regional monument to a federally funded national monument.

Urging that the application be fast-tracked, Shvydkoi said that more funding would become available for the palace complex under federal protection."St petersburg time
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Post by: Robert_Hall on January 16, 2007, 12:32:56 PM
Thank you, Vassili, for the update on Oraniiembaum.  I visited the place last year and thought it a shame to be so neglected. Although the crumbling walls did show how such massive constructions were achieved in those days.  Only the Chinese and Peter III palaces were restored. The gardens are charming, with live deer ! Yet it was still worth the drive out to see the place. I look foward to my next visit, to see the work in progress.
 And personally, I think Lomonsov porcelaine is on a par with Sevres.
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 23, 2007, 01:24:25 PM
Lomonosov factory (former Imperial Porcelain Factory ) is private company today. A man from Moscow bought it some years ago. His wife collected porcelain that was made by Imperial Porcelain Factory and he decided to present this factory in her birthday!
But she likes it really and the factory works very well.
Then they bought a porcelain factory in France.
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on January 29, 2007, 11:01:23 AM
I do not see anything wrong in the fact it has become a private owned society if this could help it for development it is great!
vassia
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 29, 2007, 01:57:22 PM
They also bought 51% Porcelaine de Sologne from Deshoulieres SA. It cost &2.3mln.
Have you heard anything of it in French press? How is this company getting on?
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Post by: Robert_Hall on January 29, 2007, 04:13:12 PM
Sologne porcelaine is not bad, but a bit unimaginative, imo.
 Lomonstov is beautiful, I am glad they are not only restoring old lines, but coming up with new designs as well. Even during the Soviet years, the quality was flawless. And of course, now hard to find.
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 31, 2007, 02:08:45 PM
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Sologne porcelaine is not bad, but a bit unimaginative

NII had Limoges porcelaine in the Alexander Palace.
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Post by: Robert_Hall on January 31, 2007, 02:20:45 PM
Yes, and the most magnificent collection of Sevres I have ever seen ! Also Meissen. As a [former] porcelaine collector, I was in heaven !!
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 31, 2007, 02:41:24 PM
Yes, and the most magnificent collection of Sevres I have ever seen

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Post by: Robert_Hall on January 31, 2007, 02:58:38 PM
Sevres is the finest French porcelaine/china
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on February 19, 2007, 09:00:52 AM

Hi,
I do not well understand russian,this document (linkherewith)deals with the restoration of the winter garden of the russian palace...has it been done as the document to do it ?


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Post by: BobG on February 19, 2007, 09:14:52 AM
This called for the restoration of the Winter Garden in the Marble Palace of the Russian Museum.  Your photo is of the Michael Palace of the Russian Museum.

I do not know the status of the project.  Does anyone?

BobG
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 19, 2007, 12:01:28 PM
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I do not know the status of the project.  Does anyone?

Under restoration. (Scientific restoration is a long process. )


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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on February 19, 2007, 02:04:36 PM
Thanks,

Vlad your are marvelous!

Bob,
I'm sorry I'm totally stupid to mistaken...

Vassia
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on February 19, 2007, 02:27:21 PM
http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=0&lng=en

A good website on russian investment in reconstruction in St Petersburg,many shots and explanations herewith...
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on February 19, 2007, 02:32:16 PM
Everyone knows that the oligarch Vekselberg aims at buying stolen imperials treasures abroad(one of the most outstanding action of it is the the purchase of the whole fabergé eggs at Sobethy last year...

His foundation link of time is established in the shouvalovki palace (who would be entirely restored in 2009).
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on February 19, 2007, 02:33:18 PM
Russian billionaire will pay $1 million to transport historic bells back to Moscow and to buy Lowell a new set

Published On Thursday, September 07, 2006  10:31 PMBy ANTON S. TROIANOVSKICrimson Staff Writer
 
After nearly 80 years in the Lowell House belltower, Harvard's historic Russian bells may be heading home to a centuries-old monastery in Moscow as early as next summer.

Harvard's project manager for the bells said Thursday that a foundation backed by a Russian metals mogul has agreed to pay roughly $1 million to transport the 25 tons of sacred bronze back to Moscow and buy replacements for Lowell, possibly ending a decades-long ordeal in which Harvard sought to repatriate the bells but declined to pay for their transfer.

The manager, Peter Riley of Harvard Real Estate Services, said the University is currently soliciting proposals from Russian foundries to replicate the bells for Harvard. Riley and Lowell House Master Diana L. Eck were part of a Harvard delegation that took a whirlwind tour of Russian foundries and belfries in August in preparation for the bells' return.

"We are optimistically and aggressively scheduling that the exchange would happen next summer," Riley told The Crimson.

"Certainly, that's the earliest it could happen," he added. "We really don't want to touch a brick on Lowell House until the new bells are here."

In an e-mail to The Crimson, Eck cautioned that the Lowell bells were not "in the mail" and that casting a new set would take "many months."

Meanwhile in Moscow, Russian Orthodox clergy were jubilant that the bells were finally coming back to the 724-year-old Danilov Monastery, where they hung until an American industrialist rescued them from Josef Stalin's campaign to convert religious artifacts into raw materials.

In an interview with a Russian newspaper Thursday, the head of the monastery, Archimandrite Aleksy Polikarpov, heralded the agreement with Harvard as a testament to the fact that "the past and the present are interwoven especially tightly in monastery life."

"[The bells] were there more than 70 years, and now they are close to being returned to their ancestral home," the Trud (Labor) newspaper quoted Aleksy as saying.

Aleksy visited Harvard in 2003 in a bid to have the bells returned. In an e-mail to Lowell House last week, Eck and Co-Master Dorothy A. Austin wrote that "we will certainly have another visit from Russia to Lowell House" this academic year.

But the man who brought Harvard's long-running negotiations with the Danilov Monastery to a close is Viktor F. Vekselberg, famous for reportedly paying $100 million in 2004 to bring the masterpieces of jeweler Peter Fabergé back to Moscow.

"The Danilov Monastery reached out to Russians and asked for support for bringing the Lowell House bells back," Riley said. "Mr. Vekselberg's foundation has stepped forward and committed funds."

Everything related to the bell exchange will be paid for by the foundation, Link of Time, Riley said. That follows a condition set out by Harvard in 2003, when it commissioned a study to send the bells back and stipulated that "costs such as construction, transportation and bell-replacement would be borne by the Russian side."

Riley emphasized that it was too soon to say exactly how much the exchange of the bells will cost—since no proposals have been solicited yet—but he said that previous estimates of approximately $1 million were probably correct.

With an estimated net worth of $10 billion, Vekselberg is, according to Forbes magazine, the 44th-richest person in the world.

His Moscow offices could not be reached Thursday evening.

Seventeen of Harvard's Russian bells hang in the Lowell belltower; the other sits atop the Business School's Baker Library. They are more than 100 years old, with one dating back to the 17th century, according to the Lowell House website.

After the industrialist Charles R. Crane purchased the bells from the Soviet Union, he presented them as a gift to University President A. Lawrence Lowell in 1930. Lowell House, then under construction, had its tower redesigned to fit the bells.

Aside from being home to one of the few sets of Russian bells that survived Stalin's regime, the Lowell belltower is also known for hosting raucous parties that attract students from across the campus.


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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 25, 2007, 08:22:49 AM
I found this photo of this so pretty winter garden:
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Russia/jardindhiver.jpg)
I wanted to post it to you formerly vlad but I prefer to send it on the ent,I hope you would appreciate...
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 26, 2007, 04:01:41 PM
It's an incredible news,The Unesco is regarding for exclusion of St Petersburg of his international inheritance list according to a website on the net as reagrds to the Gazprom tower,to the privatization of historical buildings with no real guaranty of restoration,and at last to the Matvienko's project to reduce drastically the protected zone!

A warning to take into account!
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 29, 2007, 04:21:17 PM
One good news,I had been really happy to discoevr the taleon page which is a club,a restorant,hotel.

Their interiors are one of the most luxurious of the town whereas hotel Astoria is contested reconstruction(not an excellent copy)Taleon's hotels  is to my point of view is the best embodiement of the tsarist prerevolutionnist magnificience.

http://www.taleon.ru/EN/Page1529.htm
http://www.sheremetevpalace.com/eng/about.htm


A restoration-reconstruction of 40 MILLIONS $this grossly shows that it is economically manageable to restore palaces and doing business,it give quite an idée of what could have been the Youssoupov palace!

Before restoration:(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/reconstruction_sm.jpg)
and after
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 29, 2007, 04:28:07 PM
H i s t o r i c a l   N o t e on the palace excerpt of the Taleon's club


    This location has been known since the late 17th century, when there was a small Finnish village here. In the vicinity, on the left bank of the Neva, where the river turns sharply from the south to the west, there stood the village of Spasskoe. This village won its place in history when General Admiral Apraksin and his troops held the artillery shelling of the Swedish Nienschanz Fortress from Spasskoe on the night of April 30 May 1, 1703 helping the Russian army advance and storm the fortress on the right bank of the river. In 15 days the city of St. Petersburg was founded. Several years after on the left bank of the Neva, straight from the West to the East, the First Shore Lane was laid. It was later renamed Voskresenskaya Ulitsa after the Smolny Resurrection Cathedral to where it led. Only in 1859 Voskresenskaya Ulitsa was renamed Shpalernaya to commemorate the first espalier manufacture, which had existed here from 1730 to 1858. Czar's relatives relocated from Moscow housed on the First Shore Line. The entire area along the Neva was referred to as the Russian village. The land where the mansion was later built belonged to the Artillery Department of the Russian Empire and was used for the ammunition warehouse and artillery workshops of the new cannon yard. Empress Catherine closed this warehouse and workshops in 1769 because the cannon yard presented considerable fire hazard. (http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/3.jpg)
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The palace reopened as an hotel after the works in may 2006
Some views of the palace before restoration(it burnt in 1993),and after restoration,there is a wintergarden here a private theater...(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/104.jpg)
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 29, 2007, 04:30:11 PM
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    The history of the building goes back to 1775 when Captain of the Guards P. S. Kozhin purchased this land and built a house here. In 1789 the building was purchased from P. S. Kozhin by Archpriest A. A. Samborsky. In 1798 under Emperor Paul I, according to the Imperial Order, the building was purchased by the state for the State Economy Expedition. Naturally the interiors of the residential building were badly suited for warehouses and offices, and later that year the building underwent considerable interior reconstruction. However, as soon as in the spring of 1799 the impulsive Paul I gave the building to his confidant, famous Russian military officer and statesman Count Arakcheev so that he could set up apartments for the Royal Artillery Guard Batallion. In 1864 the building was once again acquired by a private person, Baron P. A. Fitingof, who owned it for 15 years. In 1879 the mansion was purchased by Col. V. G. Frank. It was he who in four years, in 1883 sold the building to the last individual owner, 24 year old Count A. D. Sheremetev, who owned the building until the October Revolution.
    Alexander Dmitrievich Sheremetev was a remarkable person who wrote his own page in the history of this country. The godchild of Emperor Alexander II, descendant of the first Russian Field Marshal Boris Petrovich Sheremetev (the patriarch of Counts Sheremetevs, and one of the closest allies of Peter the Great), and second son of His Imperial Majesty's chamberlain, purchased the building at Kutuzova Embankment No. 4 on the occasion of his marriage, where he built his first family nest. The mansion on Kutuzovskaya saw him build his career. During his residence in the building he became Major General of His Majesty's retinue, head of the Court Choir Chapel, and founded the firefighting service in Russia. He put together the first firefighting statutes, created and financed two firefighting teams. In the late 19th and early 20th century A. D. Sheremetev also became known as one of the leading Russian patrons of the arts, having created his own choir and his own symphony orchestra. The proceeds from their performances were used to popularize music, including Russian folk music, donations to houses of prayer, orthodox churches and personal stipends. In 1917 A. D. Sheremetev who disagreed with the revolution, emigrated abroad. All his property was nationalized by the Soviets, and the private building was turned into an administrative center, which housed, consecutively, the Union of Metal Workers, the Institute of Speech Impaired, and the Finnish Section of Minorities Education Council. Each of these tenants was not to stay for long, however. Finally in 1932 the building went to house a permanent tenant, the Leningrad Branch of the Writers' Union. The fire of 1993 interrupted the 60 year history of the Leningrad Writers' Club, and over the next 7 years the building stood vacant becoming increasingly shabby and dilapidated.
    At present the mansion is being carefully reconstructed and restored. An especially important task is to retain the existing authentic elements of the interior and exterior decoration.
    It appears that the motto of the Sheremetev Family, "God Saves All", is once again coming true.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 29, 2007, 04:57:38 PM
I'm totally emsmerized by the overwealming beauty of the palace,I share a bit this pleasure,some pics makes me think to the novo mikailovo palce,strange?

This palace is the embodiement of the eclectic style,classical design,mauresc room,gothic hall...just as in Youssoupov palace once more!
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen29.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen27.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen26.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen25.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen17.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen16.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen15.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen14.jpg)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 29, 2007, 05:08:59 PM
It would be interesting to compare the entrance of the palace in the beginning of the 20th century and now as an hotel because some changes was necessary to use it in this purpose...

The winter garden with portraits of the Sheremetiev,one of the most modern rooms...
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen23.jpg)

Marvelous paintings...
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen13.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen12.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen10.jpg)

The ballroom makes me think to one hall design by Stassov in the Winter palace...I can not find the name anymore perhaps the gothic hall but I can mistaken...
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen9.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen4.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/screen3.jpg)

The Taleon club also own the Eliseyev palace(totally reconstructed,absolutly bubbly however I prefer the Sheremetiev one...)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/eliseevsuite-0-1.jpg)

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 29, 2007, 07:11:38 PM
On the sheremetiev's palace processus of restoration
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_ru/ProjectImages/2021/36_42-0.pdf
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: gleb on March 30, 2007, 08:14:15 AM
Thanks, Vassili, for all these pics I really appreciate your efforts to enrich this web-site more and more.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 01, 2007, 06:03:20 AM
The taleon club edit a rather interesting magazine on Petersburg it is well documented mostly they take profit of an article to introduce some advert on their resotred hotels nevertheless as regards to Eliseev and Sgeremetiev palace it is not unduly!
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2432/8-17.pdf
(On restoration of the historic center)

Interesting article on the new holland works with historical chronology.
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2359/8_14.pdf

I'm totallty in love with the Sheremetiev palace as a matter of fact, I add some documents more
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2321/8_15.pdf

Reopen of the Sheremetiev was made in a great fast in presence of all the well-off of the town,wonderful pics of this high time:
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2353/8_19.pdf
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 01, 2007, 09:27:43 AM
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/jun26_4012.jpg)This is my selection on the articles published by the Taeon club ,this only deals with russian hsitory,I've excluded many documents that can see on the website(link above)

Revival of jumping in Russia,there is also a picture of the manege of St Petersburg in this,does it still exist?
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2321/102_107.pdf

A very very interesting documents with pictures of nobles interiors such as Yoyssoupov winter garden and the white drawing  room of Steiglitz manor that I've never seen before
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2321/120_128.pdf

On the dance tast in imperial Russia:
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2284/18_28.pdf

News on on works of restoration in Petersburg:
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2284/46_47.pdf

Pics of the Vorontsoff Dachkov palace:
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2222/14_24.pdf

On orientalism trend in St Petersburg ,pics of the novo Mikailovo palace
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2222/108_116.pdf

This subject is more for kidding it is on dogs trend in imperial and nobles families
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2145/118_128.pdf

Police service during Catherine reign,interesting pics of state buildings
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2132/16_23-0.pdf

Private appartment in the Eliseev palace,art nouceau masterpiece(makes me think to Alexander palace)
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2132/24_30-0.pdf


Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 01, 2007, 05:12:18 PM
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/jan01_35.jpg)
A bird's view of Sheremetiev's family history:
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2112/32-40-0.pdf

The island of the dead,notifiaction on a restoration process:
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_ru/ProjectImages/2067/34-38-0.pdf

Rococo in  Russia
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_ru/ProjectImages/2030/36_42-0.pdf

I do not remember if I do always pot it,but probably evreybody would be bored by those posts so nobody will see if there is a pb or not!
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_ru/ProjectImages/2021/36_42-0.pdf

Preservation of the center
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/1992/page_41_44-0.pdf

Jewelry in Russia
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/1992/page_18_29-0.pdf

Return of a russian tiara at petersburg
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/1992/page_46_47-0.pdf

Eliseev private theater
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/1992/page_62_72-0.pdf

At last ,I've finished probably readers are as much as the end of their tether than I am !

Vassili
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 22, 2007, 03:07:08 PM
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/id_1817_1176896129625300.jpg)

This was in fact the Kremlin of Izmailovo,I send a shot of it in the previous pages  without knowing where it was.
http://www.lecourrierderussie.ru/fr/magazine/?artId=2269
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: hikaru on April 23, 2007, 12:31:15 AM
this is fake (in Izmailovo)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 26, 2007, 09:53:07 AM
Thanks Hikaru for the precision.

Some views of the project of new Marinsky theater that would be bring to life in a short time(works must have begun...)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/picture--113c.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/picture--113.jpg)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on May 07, 2007, 05:45:09 AM
I haven't seen it before on the nostalgic glass website,however it is rather interesting...
http://nostalgicglass.org/display.php?pn=2#
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Russia/i12-1.jpg)

Is this crypt well known by visitors in Petersburg?


"Pargolovo | Adolf’s Crypt, St. Peter and Paul Church
This was all once part of the Shuvalovs’ estate just north of St. Petersburg. At some point after the revolution, it was occupied by the Institute of High Frequency Studies, which turned the church into a laboratory. The Institute abandoned the lab in the late 80’s, leaving it to fall (rather quickly) into ruin. But in the 90’s it returned to church hands, and its members have since made considerable progress in restoring it. The interior, at least, is now completely finished; a wonderful, carved “gothic” iconostas was installed in August 2004. I can also add that one of the priests, Father Konstantin, is a remarkably pleasant person and even speaks good English. Adolf was the husband of one of the Shuvalov ladies."
Excerpt of the website I quoted.

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on May 27, 2007, 10:19:47 AM
This is a detail however I always believe that the original colour of the walls of the forteress St Peter and Sy Paul was the stone accroding to the document it must be red...
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/nov21_3547_big.jpg)
Has a restoration of the walls being implemented those last years?

V
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on May 27, 2007, 07:29:37 PM
I think the Passage in Petersburg must be presented,it is not as well-known as the Goum but as a real palace of capitalism it must rediscovered...
The site where the Passage sprawls had been devoted to trade since the city's foundation in the early 18th century. It had been occupied by various shops and warehouses (Little Gostiny Dvor, Schukin Dvor, Apraksin Dvor) until 1846, when Count Essen-Stenbock-Fermor acquired the grounds to build an elite shopping mall for the highest echelons of the Russian nobility and bourgeoisie.

The name came from a vast gallery between Nevsky Avenue and Italianskaya Street which provided the main passage through the mall. The gallery was covered over by an arching glass and steel roof, thus giving it a claim to being one of the world's first shopping malls, along with Burlington Arcade and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

The three-storey building of the Passage opened its doors to consumers on May 9, 1848. It was one of the first structures in Russia to employ gas for lighting. Another innovation was an underground floor, where an electric station would be installed in 1900. Although the store specialized in jewellery, expensive clothes and other luxury goods, crowds of common people flocked to see the most fashionable shop of the Russian Empire. A fee of 50 kopecks had to be introduced in order to limit admissions.

Stenbock-Fermor conceived of the Passage as more than a mere shopping mall, but also as a cultural and social centre for the people of St Petersburg. The edifice contained coffee-houses, confectioneries, panorama installations, an anatomical museum, a wax museum, and even a small zoo, described by Dostoyevsky in his extravaganza "Crocodile, or Passage through the Passage". The concert hall became renowned as a setting for literary readings attended by the likes of Dostoevsky, Turgenev, and Taras Shevchenko.The old passage in 1848:
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Semechkin.jpg)
The passage in 1902(after renovation):
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Passazh.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/1917-_1.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/1917-.jpg)


Today:
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/1997_torg.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/1998_wear.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/1994.jpg)

In 1897 the ownership of the Passage passed from Stenbock-Fermor's heirs to Princess Nadezhda Boryatinsky. A great fire in 1898 necessitated a major renovation, funded by the Crédit Lyonnais, a bank which leased a large portion of the store as its offices. In 1900, the building was revamped, with the addition of a further storey, and refaced in Radom sandstone. The new owner transformed the former concert hall into a theatre employing Vera Komissarzhevskaya as its artistic director. To draw even more consumers to the store, the Soleille, one of the largest cinemas in the Russian capital, was opened in the complex in 1908.

After the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the following several years of disorder, the store was reopened as the Passage Supermarket in 1922. It continued in this capacity until 1933, when the municipal authorities declared the Passage a "model department store", the only one in Leningrad (as the former St Petersburg was then known) and one of only three such stores in the Soviet Union. The renovated "palace of Soviet trade" (as the media touted it) opened in 1934 and offered about 30,000 types of goods, all manufactured in the USSR. The Children's World section became especially popular with the inhabitants of Leningrad.

The Passage remained a showcase of the Soviet industry until the onset of the World War II. During the Siege of Leningrad, the shop was closed but the majority of employees chose to remain day and night. The building's glass roof was subjected to intensive bombing, but amazingly the interior sustained little damage. The Passage was restored and reopened for business in 1947. Since 1961, this historic department store has been specializing in goods for women.


AS FOR THIS PIC,I'm not certain but I'm suppose it must the passage from the exterior ,on the Nevsky Prospekt:
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/mar13_6868_big.jpg)

The official website is only interesting for those who speaks russian(good news for tourists!)to my point of view, it is a pity that this page is not better deigned in such a way they could  better emphasize the monument that is the passage.http://www.passage.spb.ru/history.htm
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on May 27, 2007, 08:09:29 PM
AS FOR THIS PIC,I'm not certain but I'm suppose it must the passage from the exterior ,on the Nevsky Prospekt:
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/mar13_6868_big.jpg)

This magnificent building is  not on Nevskii Prospekt Vassili but on one of the embankments. It is very familiar to me, and is located on Griboyedov embankment.

Your images are magnificent! Thank you very much for sharing.

Margarita  :)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on May 27, 2007, 09:10:04 PM
The building on Griboyedova 13, was constructed during 1888-1900 (architect was P. Suzor) for the Russian Mutual Credit Society, which was liquidated in the interests of nationalization after the soviets came to power.

Margarita :)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on May 28, 2007, 04:49:01 PM
Margarita,

Thanks for your accurancy into Russia(I hope you understand my statement,once more my english is lacking)...

Do you have any pic of the exterior of the building givent the fact ,I've mistaken?

VASSILI

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Belochka on May 28, 2007, 07:59:55 PM
Margarita,

Thanks for your accurancy into Russia(I hope you understand my statement,once more my english is lacking)...

Do you have any pic of the exterior of the building givent the fact ,I've mistaken?

VASSILI

You are welcome Vassili!

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 08, 2007, 06:47:59 PM
I've found this shot of the well-known Iegorov bania before revolution...

Does it still exist?The interiors looks magnificients!Do some know what would have been  his use during revolution and his current use nowadays and  if it ceased his activities as a bania?Where was it situated in the town?

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/bainiegorov.jpg)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 15, 2007, 03:07:33 PM
I hope ,someone could help in my questions...

Taleon club has edited his new magazin!

2 interestings documents ,the first one on their restoration complex project
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2454/8-19.pdf

The second one on domestics in aristocrats Russia:
http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2454/102-115.pdf
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/12.jpg)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on July 11, 2007, 03:55:29 AM
According to the show organized in the new holland ,we may infer that the resconstruction of the whole building has been implemented,does someone of the forum have been there since the reopen?

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/NEW_HOLLAND_SHOW_533.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/NEW_HOLLAND_SHOW_474.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/NEW_HOLLAND_SHOW_107.jpg)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Arleen on July 11, 2007, 04:28:30 PM
Vassili, I've spent the better part of two hours looking up all the sites you have posted and am amazed by all of the information that you find!  Your contribution to this forum is priceless!

Arleen
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on August 01, 2007, 05:33:48 PM
Arleen,

I  come back from holidays and will post many things as soon as my scanner would be engough gentle to work and as soon as  I would have enough time(soon)...THANKS for your nice comment,it is a pleasure to share love on russia history.

For the time being,I will buy this excellent book(Hidden interiors in St Petersburg),marvelous to see and so much pics to discover-at least for me-you can freely discover around 15 pages of that book on this site:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0865652090/ref=sib_dp_pt/104-8323156-7206347#reader-link

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/jun16_8275_big.jpg)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Arleen on August 01, 2007, 06:33:17 PM
Thanks for the information Vassili.  I have another book written by Katya.....she is very good with books!  Both text and all the pictures she illustrates with. 

I'll have to see if I can find this one.

Arleen
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on August 27, 2007, 07:29:23 AM
I was looking for this article on the english club since a long time,I soon as I would have some more time, i'll seized the pictures and send it rightly to the forum.

http://www.taleon.ru/EN/taleonclub_en/ProjectImages/2145/14_24.pdf

Vassia

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/palaisdiv.jpg)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 08, 2007, 06:54:47 PM
Important to know!!!

School Of Management To Move to 18th-Century Palace

By Yekaterina Dranitsyna

Staff Writer

Setl City has won an open tender for the reconstruction of Mikhailovskaya Dacha, an ensemble of palaces and parks in Petrodvorets, the company said Tuesday in a statement. After the reconstruction, Mikhailovskaya Dacha, which is an 18th-century architectural monument, will house the Higher School of Management of St. Petersburg State University.

Setl City, which as the general contractor should complete the project by 2010, according to the agreement, will carry out the planning and reconstruction.

We will reconstruct the buildings of great historical and cultural importance. In addition, we will have to adjust old buildings for their new educational purposes and ensure that they meet all the modern standards of business education. This makes the project considerably more difficult,” said Maxim Shubarev, president of Setl Group, a holding company that owns Setl City.

The parks and palaces at Mikhailovskaya Dacha occupy 104 hectares of land. At present, the total area of the existing buildings is 22,000 square meters. After the reconstruction and construction of new buildings, the total area will increase to about 100,000 square meters. According to the contract, the total cost of the project is about $300 million.

The complex will comprise the main building, a scientific research institute, administrative facilities, dormitories and infrastructure. By the end of 2010, the Business School Center, a hotel and fitness center with a pool will be opened.

A real estate expert suggested that the reconstruction of Mikhailovskaya Dacha will hardly generate any significant profits, and that for Setl City it is a promotional project rather than a commercial venture.

“The project of the so-called ‘St. Petersburg Harvard’ could be compared to the Baltic Pearl, Okhta-Center and new football stadium on Krestovsky Island. It will be of the same importance, not in terms of the total investment or total area of the construction, but in relation to its influence on the image of St. Petersburg,” said Mikhail Vasiliev, head of marketing at Central Real Estate Agency.

“This project will improve the State University’s image around the world,” Vasiliev said.

He pointed out that in 2005, a ‘scientific city’ was established in Petergof, after which authorities announced a project to create a St. Petersburg Silicone Valley.

“A Northwest region educational center is being specially constructed at Petergof, and the new business schools will be located in the same area. These large-scale projects could be followed by the development of residential buildings, and modernization of infrastructure in the nearby districts,” Vasiliev suggested.

http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?action_id=2&story_id=23361

http://www.som.pu.ru/files/upload/gsom/about/29_11_dacha_less.pdf

Vassia
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 10, 2007, 08:05:58 AM
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/tsarskoye%20selo/e685c7f0-bd8a-bd8d-8620-232265312da.jpg)

Some new pages on the project of a graduate school of mamangement in Mikailovkoye(which seems to have begun since 2006)

Vassia
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on September 29, 2008, 04:57:41 PM
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/310497.jpg)


The Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg State University aims to combine a traditional university education with the latest innovations and business practices. By joining forces with leading education centers and international corporations, the Graduate School of Management hopes to create “new knowledge and a new model of business education”.


(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/311753.jpg)

In contrast with the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, which is financed exclusively by private companies, the Graduate School of Management is a state-run project. In addition to private donations, the school receives considerable funding from the state budget. Its advisory board includes a number of high-ranking state officials
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/311751.jpg)


In 2006, the Management Faculty of St. Petersburg State University began to transform into the Graduate School of Management.


A new campus is being constructed at Mikhailovskaya Dacha palace and park ensemble in Strelna and about 100,000 square meters of facilities should be created there by 2010, worth about $329 million in investment.

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/311750.jpg)

The Graduate School of Management currently employs 65 tutors and about 1,400 students are enrolled on its programs. By 2015 the school expects to have 1,800 students and 400 graduates of MBA and EMBA programs a year.

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/311752.jpg)

The International EMBA will be run in cooperation with HEC-Paris.

More details ont he website below:
http://www.sptimesrussia.com/index.php?story_id=25180&action_id=2

Vassia
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 02, 2008, 04:52:35 PM
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/palaisalexalexandrovitch.jpg)

This is my translation of a Russian newspaper, I am sorry for all the mistakes that I've done in my understanding ...

Matvienko said that the palace of music would be finished by the end of the year.

Currently, are already completed the work of the roof, attic, balconies and decorative facades; no more than paint and finishes to complete. In October, technicians installed ventilation systems and fire (which is difficult in such historics decors).

The pre-condition of the palace should be respected; on the restoration, the ballroom has regained its original colors (the porphyry was found under layers of paint).

A very nice ornamental painting was discovered in the former chamber of the Grand Duke.


The specialists concluded that the restoration was not so enormous because the palace was finally in a good state of preservation, as a consequence the operation has nothing to do with a reconstruction. The  restored , remains furnishings to restore and rebuild the other things thanks to images from the period.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: BobG on November 03, 2008, 06:03:48 PM
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/palaisalexalexandrovitch.jpg)

This is my translation of a Russian newspaper, I am sorry for all the mistakes that I've done in my understanding ...

Matvienko said that the palace of music would be finished by the end of the year.

Currently, are already completed the work of the roof, attic, balconies and decorative facades; no more than paint and finishes to complete. In October, technicians installed ventilation systems and fire (which is difficult in such historics decors).

The pre-condition of the palace should be respected; on the restoration, the ballroom has regained its original colors (the porphyry was found under layers of paint).


A very nice ornamental painting was discovered in the former chamber of the Grand Duke.


The specialists concluded that the restoration was not so enormous because the palace was finally in a good state of preservation, as a consequence the operation has nothing to do with a reconstruction. The  restored , remains furnishings to restore and rebuild the other things thanks to images from the period.


Vassili,
This probably should be moved to Grand Duke Aleksei Aleksandrovich's Palace  (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=1415.0) as that is what is seen in the picture.  I got a little confused that you will still talking about the Mikhailovskaya Dacha.  It is still good news that the palace is coming along so well.
BobG
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 06, 2008, 03:25:18 AM
Bob,

I created this topic in order  to deal with restoration projects and renovation of the city in general that's why I posted here this article on the Alexander Alexandrovitch's palace, on another hand, I'm confused I totally forgot that a special page had been made on the website. I beg your pardon for my mystake.

As you may read it, my English is a wreck (I did not done much except studying law this two last years), as a matter of fact I did not understand the words on Mikailovskaya ... my apologies once more.

Good day,
V
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: BobG on November 06, 2008, 12:01:44 PM
V.,
I hope you didn't think my suggestion was a criticism.  You add so much to the Forum.  I just thought your last post would be more appropriate in the GD Alekseii Alexandrovitch topic, because that is the palace being restored for the Palace of Music.

Please keep posting---but don't let it take away from your studies!

Bob
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 04, 2008, 04:24:10 AM
I think I probably misunderstood, from lokking to the document the document, will the palace of Znamenskaya be restored?

http://74.125.43.101/translate_c?hl=fr&sl=ru&tl=fr&u=http://kvadrat.ru/news/15092008_mihajlovskuju_i_znamenskuju_usadby_otrestavrirujut/&usg=ALkJrhhV-bnpnTtZTNET4miMjvdrWmn4XQ

Thanks in advance,
Vassia
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 04, 2008, 04:31:48 AM
Restoration of the house with lions as a four seasons luxury hotel

http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?action_id=2&story_id=26685
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 07, 2008, 08:45:40 AM
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/maisondeslions.jpg)

Model of the project with the controversial extension of the attic
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 29, 2008, 02:36:17 PM
Watercolours of the project of rehabilitation of the mikhailovski garden:



(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/amr-r-mih_sad-sm.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/amr-r-mih_sad2-sm.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/amr-r-mih_sad1-sm.jpg)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 29, 2008, 03:00:50 PM
Some news I recently red on russia websites:

The imperial Mussorgsky (on Nevski prospekt)  is currently  engaged in the whole restoration of the monument: the balconies will refind tits original colors, the sculptures will regain their gilding, the ventilation system will be changed, the ceiling restored etc...

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/plafondthatremichel.jpg)

In the Michel castle, the restoration of interior is going on especially in the apartments of Maria Feodorovna nevertheless their prosecution in 2009 is suspended to the federal remittances.
 
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/palaismikhailovskichateau.jpg)

The naval museum should move from the building of the former stock exchange (vassilievski Ostrov) for a new building where restoration should begin; a few images below.I do not recognize the building,do some  have any idea on the place it could be?

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/futurmusedelamarine.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Graphic1000.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Graphic1002.jpg)


Thanks in advance,
Vassia
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: ruskiru on March 31, 2009, 04:50:31 PM
Some news I recently red on russia websites:

The imperial Mussorgsky (on Nevski prospekt)  is currently  engaged in the whole restoration of the monument: the balconies will refind tits original colors, the sculptures will regain their gilding, the ventilation system will be changed, the ceiling restored etc...

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/plafondthatremichel.jpg)

In the Michel castle, the restoration of interior is going on especially in the apartments of Maria Feodorovna nevertheless their prosecution in 2009 is suspended to the federal remittances.
 
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/palaismikhailovskichateau.jpg)

The naval museum should move from the building of the former stock exchange (vassilievski Ostrov) for a new building where restoration should begin; a few images below.I do not recognize the building,do some  have any idea on the place it could be?

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/futurmusedelamarine.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Graphic1000.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Graphic1002.jpg)


Thanks in advance,
Vassia

The building for the naval museum is on Moika next to New Holland and I think renovation is due to be completed by Summer 2009.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 07, 2009, 08:01:04 AM
Wow, I'm very pleased Ruskiru to read that the completition will be done in 2009 given the fact taht some much works that had been planned on cultural monuments has been abandoned this 4 late months!


Walls of the castle Vyborg destroyed by groundwater

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Vyborg_s_vody.jpg)

http://saint-petersburg.ru/m/225174/chasty_steny_wyborgskogo_zamka_razrushena_gruntowymi_wo.html&usg=ALkJrhgxoAIo_3c3eXFUuw0JZ2oRXh_H1Q


A worker stands on the housing for the organ at the Glazunov Maly Hall of St. Petersburg’s State Conservatory. A new organ, manufactured by the company EULE, is being installed, the previous organ having stopped working over 20 years ago. The organ will take six months to install and tune.

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/1463_01_STANDALONE.jpg)

Vassia




Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on May 12, 2009, 02:49:42 AM
The international student complex that was planned in Mikailovska an presented as a russian Harvard is almost 2 years late...

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/34-2.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/34-1.jpg)

The first part of the works has only be done whereas the campus should open in 2010 according to the original project.

The restoration of the palace has just began however there is a lack of financial fund only one of the 12 billiards announced have been recived for the works.

Propectives views of the complexe  after restoration and construction of the new buildings:

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/stud1.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/stud2.jpg)

This new modern constructions will be constructed on the place of lost village, gardens and greenhouse.

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/stud3.jpg)



AN interesting video of the site could be seen on that link:


http://www.gsom.pu.ru/about_som/gsm_campus/

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on May 17, 2009, 06:12:58 AM
A reflection has been engaged to save the Znamenskaya field which is in a very bad state of preservation...

http://www.archi.ru/events/news/news_present_press.html%3Fnid%3D16668%26fl%3D1%26sl%3D1%26tid_1%3D%2525%26tid_2%3D%2525%26tid_3%3D%2525&rurl=translate.google.fr&usg=ALkJrhjK1Wmt9E0GEpe2F5qc3PBvslPcdA
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 03, 2009, 09:19:35 AM
The project of the Okhta tower goes on in St Petersburg, last month religious suggested that the building could be erected in Cronstadt next to the cathedral that would  restored soon.

To circumvent the problem of the height of buildings in the historic center, a project has been launched to rebuild the baroc steeple of Smolny which will be of 140 mètres.Hence, the new tower of Gazprom would be only twice as high as the steeple's Smolny!

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/47107.jpg)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 16, 2009, 05:27:13 PM
It is not the appropriarte place to post, however this is such a great news that this should be published anywhere on that forum!

64 years after  world war 2 and almost 42 years after him having been demolished, the federal power of Kaliningrad has decided to let the Kalingrader vote for the reconstruction of the royal castle, epitome of the medevial that once layed here and that had been cautiously bombed and destructed after the war by the communist power itself.

It is the symbol of the rebirth of the whole town that is at stake at the present moment, if the result would be a positive vote, it could be quite a good news for prussian,russian, european history and world patrimony, I hope this would happen!



The castle at the beginning of the 20th century:
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/440px-KC3B6nigsberg_Castle.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Koenigsberg_Schloss_Ostseite_1900.jpg)

The sovietic monster built at its place:

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Dom_sovetov_kaliningrad.jpg)

Vassia enthousiastic!



Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: ArchitectCS on June 25, 2009, 11:59:38 AM
I think it would be very interesting if they built the belltower at Smolny.  It would dominate St. Petersburg for miles.  I really don't want the Gazprom tower to be built-why not give them this Baroque 'skyscraper' instead?  My only question is what the final product will look like.  Rastrelli built an enormous model of the whole Smolny complex (which is what the sketch above is based on) but my understanding is that the tower went through a few more permutations and that there was an approved 'final' design. 
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on October 04, 2009, 12:14:36 PM
The Polovtsov dacha has been wholly restored:

http://nostalgicglass.org/display.php?pn=14

Original state, before restoration

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/i1.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/i2.jpg)

After restoration of the palace and of the garden:

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/53966.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/53967.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/53968.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/53965.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/53964.jpg)

Vassia
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: rgt9w on October 04, 2009, 04:04:09 PM
Vassili,

Where is the Dacha located? Has it been restored as a museum or is it being used in another capacity?
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on October 05, 2009, 07:40:37 AM
From a document I read some years ago, it has been restored as a private datcha of prime minister, Vladimir Putin.

However, I may mistaken the information dates back many time, I'm unable to say clearly if it is still a state property or not...I'm really sorry!
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: richard_1990 on October 12, 2009, 09:52:28 AM
Hello everybody,

I was wondering if anyone could do a list of palaces in St. Petersburg and Russia in general that have been restored or are under going/planned restoration. I plan on visiting Russia sometime early next year, and would love to incorporate some of the palaces into my sight seeing. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: PAVLOV on October 19, 2009, 09:44:41 AM
This is a breathrtakingly beautiful  " palace'.  The room with the blue chairs looks a bit like an expensive hotel though. The exterior is really beautiful. I am so glad that it has been restored.     
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 17, 2009, 09:53:23 AM
Some new documents about the international student complex of Mikailvskaya, more plans and drawings:

http://archi.ru/agency/eng/object_current.html?id=4404


http://www.gsom.pu.ru/files/en/upload/GSOM/GSOM_brochure.pdf

Vassia
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: PAVLOV on November 18, 2009, 07:48:45 AM
Just two words to describe these buildings : Hideously ugly. They belong on the moon, not on this site. The original owners must be turning in their graves !
Surely they could be more sympathetic to the surroundings ?
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Svetabel on November 18, 2009, 08:00:06 AM
Some new documents about the international student complex of Mikailvskaya, more plans and drawings:

http://archi.ru/agency/eng/object_current.html?id=4404


http://www.gsom.pu.ru/files/en/upload/GSOM/GSOM_brochure.pdf

Vassia

The old building of the Dacha is being restored as it was in the XIX century.


Just two words to describe these buildings : Hideously ugly. They belong on the moon, not on this site. The original owners must be turning in their graves !
Surely they could be more sympathetic to the surroundings ?

Of course ugly if meaning the landscape around. But what we should have been expect of our modern architects who had been ordered to create plans of a modern business-school?...
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on November 18, 2009, 09:15:47 AM
I do not think they are necessarily  "ugly"... I rather like the avante-garde architecture.. And as they are away from the historical centre of St.P., why not? Worse has been built, and not just in Russia! I would like to think that the environment is being duly respected- these are just speculative drawings, after all, reality could be much different in the results. It is a business school campus, after all and  the dacha is being restored so there is positive effect. And, St.P. has a plethora of palaces  some of which are in far more need of resoration. Oranienburg comes to  mind, as does Gatchina. Far more historical importance in them.
 I admit, I am not familiar with this one, or even just where it is, I may have passed it and just not noticed.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: richard_1990 on November 19, 2009, 06:47:59 AM
And, St.P. has a plethora of palaces  some of which are in far more need of resoration. Oranienburg comes to  mind, as does Gatchina. Far more historical importance in them.
agreed, there is a horrendous amount of palaces in SP. a minor amount of them have been turned into something of use - the hermitage already uses 4 or 5 ( i think?) palaces for the art collections etc.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: PAVLOV on November 19, 2009, 09:52:00 AM
Yes I know what you mean. but this is an historically sensitive area, and although they are restoring the main house, I do think the new buildings are hideous and that they could have been a bit more sensitive to the existing buildings. ( My exclusive opinion ) !

If we take the Konstantinovsky Palace as an example of what is done in the name of restoration, well !
Some of us share the opinion that they are doing something positive to save the buildings, and some of us do feel that they could be more circumspect. I hope the house does not end up looking like a Las Vegas casino like the Strelna 'restoration'.

Unfortuanately when historical buildings are restored for public use, you almost always end up with a horror. It happens all over the world.   


 
 

   
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Tatyana on November 19, 2009, 11:37:13 PM
I believe this builiding is either part of the old Barracks of the Horse Guards building, bodered by the Konno-Gvardeiski Per., Morskaya & Blagovyeshtchenskaya, or
it may be the Barracks of the Marines, bordered by Morskaya, Kryukov Canal & Blagovyeshtchenskaya, at the foot of the old Church of the Annunciation.
Does anyone have any updates?

TATYANA
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Tatyana on November 19, 2009, 11:40:12 PM
Oh dear, I was trying to reply to the post of 12/29/2008 about the relocation of the Naval Museum from the Bourse, to a building that the poster could not identify for sure.

TATYANA
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: richard_1990 on November 20, 2009, 06:56:51 AM
Quote
If we take the Konstantinovsky Palace as an example of what is done in the name of restoration, well !
Some of us share the opinion that they are doing something positive to save the buildings, and some of us do feel that they could be more circumspect. I hope the house does not end up looking like a Las Vegas casino like the Strelna 'restoration'.
I've never understood the criticism of the Strelna Palace restoration. Do you have any pre-revolution images/paintings of the palace to contrast against? once the various vegetation on the palace premises grows substantially it will look quite beautiful in my opinion.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 20, 2009, 12:12:26 PM
As for me, I must say that I do not particularly appreciate the architecture chosen for the campus but it's probably the price to pay for the restoration of the area: palaces and gardens included.

There is an element I like in the project is the modern use that is done of orangerie groves in university housing, the overall look is interesting but in truth I would have liked a more "classic"  architecture which contrast less with the other buildings.

But when you see the drawings of the new Marinksi, Okta tower, or palace of dance of Eiffman or Alla Pugacheva theater buildings planned to be located in the city center (or at a close proximity) close to monuments of historical importance then the campus buildings shock me at least, he presents the advantage of being situated in the countryside

Palaces in Mikailovskaya after works of restoration

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/22548.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/22546.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/22545.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/22541.jpg)


News buildings

The Orangerie
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/22544.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/37883.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/22555.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/22543.jpg)



Okta tower
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/news_9183_n.jpg)

Marinski 2
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/178973578.jpg)

Alla Pugacheva theater, on Vasilyevski Island

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/news_9156_n.jpg)

http://www.russia-ic.com/news/show/9156/


Palace of danse, a real architectural wreck  (expected to be situated in front of the winter palace, on Vassilievski island)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVfabqONojo

Fortunately, a large majority of  inhabitants of St Petersburg are against the construction of the Tower Okta, there is massive demonstration  and the construction project faced the  justice, on top of that, the Minister of Culture Mr. Avdeev  is also against this construction. As for Marinski 2 and the palace of dance, according to newspapers this two projects  will be resubmitted to a committee of architects to improve their appearance, but nothing is sure yet.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on November 20, 2009, 01:37:50 PM
I can see your objections Vasslii _V.   Personally, I am fine with the campus, but that tower! What an abomnation for St. P.!  Especially at that location. It belongs more in Moscow, I would say. [which is more like NYC in my mind] I can't see why St.P. would even need such a tower. Who is going to occupy it? It is so out-of-scale for the city itself. And the proposed [I hope that is all it is] Marinsky theatre...well, I am a fan of modern, innovative architure, but that looks uninspiring and very out-of-place as well. So we are of  the same mind about those projects. I am not familiar with the last project, but in the right location, out is a modern  area, it could work.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: ArchitectCS on November 20, 2009, 01:46:44 PM
I agree with Vassia about the campus.  Too bad the new buildings won't be historically sensitive, but a least they are restoring the palace and outbuildings.  It's a gorgeous complex and it's nice to know that it will at least be used instead of being allowed to crumble.

I am not a fan of the Okta tower at all, and the Alla Pugacheva Theatre looks terrible, but I have to admit I kind of like the Palace of Dance.  Our modern architecture of today is radically different from most historic styles, but at some level we need to let our cities evolve.  Saint Petersburg started out as a baroque city and ended up having lots of neoclassical architecture in it.   And then in the 20th century you saw art nouveau as well.  It gives the city character and makes you appreciate the different styles and the passage of time.  Wouldn't it be a shame if there were no 19th century buildings of note in Saint Petersburg?  And wouldn't it be a shame if, 200 years from now, there were no 21st century buildings of note there?

Here is some more on the palace of dance.

http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/7046/unstudio-dance-palace-st-petersburg.html

Personally, I think the interior is very dynamic and even has a somewhat baroque sensibility to it (in form only, of course).  I admit that the exterior is jarring, but perhaps that could be modified.

As an aside, I don't think any city ever did it better than Paris.  The area of La Defense is brilliant-make almost a whole other modern city next to the historic one.  They are far enough apart to compliment each other without competing.  I wish other cities would follow their example.

I'm being a bit of a devil's advocate here, because I'd like nothing better than to have Saint Petersburg be nothing more than a beautifully restored historic city that never changes.  But we need to look to the future as well.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on November 20, 2009, 02:28:56 PM
Thank you very much. From these pictures,  I would say the dance theatre could work nicely, once the populations gets used to it. St. P. is a wonderful city for the arts,  more so than many and I think they value placing them in   respectful venues.
 It is interesting, I have been watching London evolve architecturally for over 30 years and  some of what was  roundly condemned in  planning is nor considered iconic and  almost loved. The Gherkin comes to mind, the new City Hall and  especially the [new] London library, which seemed to take forever to build but is a beautiful  building. Here in SF,  the famous Transamerica Pyramid was considered obscene when built, which is funny as it replaced an area of slums and firetraps. Now it is also quite a post card icon of our City. There are ways for new to blend with old, evolve is the  correct word.
 However, that Otka tower just  does not fit, in my opinion. I could very well be wrong and after all, I do not live there so it up to the  citizens of the city to decide whether or not to embrace it.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 22, 2009, 10:40:49 AM
I understand the objections and indeed I am not against any form of modern architecture that would not make sense every architecture even classic one have once been modern before being considered as a part of a tradition...I appreciate the works done in the new Reichstag with modern elements or in the Biritish museum, at opera of Lyon, the tower at St Mary axe by Forster however everyone of those projects has a balance sense between new moderns forms and old structure to my mind...


 To the palace of dance, which I regret (outside of its location) it is that the builiding planned could not have a sens with the rest of the building cliose to him (winter palace would be close). For me it is primarily a commercial architecture, which does not last, that does not endure, often such building are cosntructed for 20-30 years, the building does not fit into an architectural tradition of the city (whereas it was the wish of Eifmann for his palace).

It could be built in Montreal and London that it would not change anything, so that when we see the old building Marinski, it seems clear that its architectural codes pertain only to the city,  they are a part of his spirirt... I have some difficulties  to express everything with such a poor english in English, I would like to say so many things without being able to say them...I hope some understand my sayings...!


Vassia
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: PAVLOV on November 23, 2009, 05:40:03 AM
As Prince Charles so aptly put it when referring to a modern extension to an art museum in London, ( I forget which one)......Perhaps the British Museum.  "It is like a carbuncle on the face of dear and beloved friend"

I would say the same about the Okta tower. It spoils the City scape, and cannot be compared to La Defense in Paris, which has been placed sensitively away from the historical sector of the City. The same cannot be said for what they doing in St Petersburg. Many beautiful old buildings in Moscow have been demoslished by greedy developers, and I think it has ruined the city completely.  Developers tend to "whittle" away at a
city, resulting in a wake up call when it is too late.

I live in what was until recently one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Unfortuanately money, green and property developers, together with their normal corruption have had the upper hand and the city has been allowed to slide into a horror. If one building like the Okta Tower is allowed, you can be quite sure others will follow. It will set a precident for the erection of similar buildings. Future generations will look at these buildings and wonder what the city fathers were smoking when they allowed them to spoil the whole city.

Imagine trying to build something like this in Venice ? ( If they could ).

Progress is one thing, but insensitivity and disrepect for the history and architecture of a city is another.

The river, Public Buildings, Palaces and the overall layout and history is what makes St Petersburg so special.
Otherwise it would just be another ugly city on the side of a mosquito infested swamp, wont it ?   
 
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: PAVLOV on November 23, 2009, 05:52:38 AM
Dear Richard 1990,
In response.

There are many beautiful pictures on this forum of the Konstantinovsky Palace, both exterior and interior, I think they are under "Palaces in and around St Petersburg" ( That is of course if they have not been removed) Also some very sad ones of neglect by the Soviets. It was probably saved in the nick of time. But has ended up looking just like the sort of building it was redisigned as, a conference centre. 

But it really was a most beautiful building, with exquisite interiors, and gardens. Perhaps once the new gardens "take off' it will soften the overall effect.

It has always been a favourite of mine. So perhaps I was expecting a higher level of sensitivity with regard to the restoration.

Now I am hoping and praying for the Alexander Palace.

I am glad it has been restored, but perhaps if it was just done up as a residence for Putin, and not a 'show place' it would have looked more like it did before.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on November 23, 2009, 10:39:11 AM
Pavlov, I do not know which beautiful city you live in,  but mine is San Francisco, where we have a new development plan in a  very distressed and that is long overdue.  Some are raising arms over plans for new skyscape rs, but what do they do to harm us?  First, they have to be paid for, which is not likely anytime soon and they are improving and area  direly in need of it.  In my opinion, they enhance the skyline of  the Downtown area and do not  affect the  neighbourhoods, which are  precious to us.
  Prince Charles:  in my view, his calls are  very misplaced.  The project [among several he has commented upon] you mention might be the   new proposed  building in Chelsea, next to the famous hospital and the annual garden show, which is probably the only time he goes near the place.
   I freely admit  liking modern architecture innovations,  however, I cannot see any place in St.P. for that dreadful Otka tower.
 And the AP itself? for Putin?  I doubt that very much.  Frankly, I thought the whole thing should have been bulldozed years ago.  What is it being restored as anyway?  Alexander i and his era?  Nicholas I, etc.? or a shrine to N&A ?  Their rooms were not exactly earth-shateeringly  statements of the ars decoratif.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: PAVLOV on November 24, 2009, 06:13:43 AM
Robert, I was not making a connection between Putin and the Alexander Palace. Thank God there is no connection. We would be facing another Las Vegas Conference Centre.

Everyone I think is interested to see what they are going to do with the interior. I personally think it is going to be a mixture of styles, a bit from each era, as they have to attract the tourists and their money. Which bit of N & A they will do is anyones guess. Personally I dont think the average tourist gives a hoot about Alexandra's mauve boudoir. So lets see what brilliant ideas they are going to come up with to sell the Alexander Palace as an attraction to the tourists of the world.

I do not have a problem with modern architecture, I have a problem with ugliness, and personally I think these buildings are hideous. None of them have a place in the area they are intended for. That "birds nest' lookalike building is frightening.

San Francisco is a beautiful City with a character all of its own, and already has many skycrapers etc., but imagine taking it and placing it virtually in the middle of St Petersburg.
That I have a problem with.

The building Prince Charles was referring to is actually the National Gallery, and the "carbuncle" has been there for a number of years already.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Svetabel on November 28, 2009, 10:15:03 AM

   I freely admit  liking modern architecture innovations,  however, I cannot see any place in St.P. for that dreadful Otka tower.


I think you mean Okhta Center, really a dreadful project.



 And the AP itself? for Putin?  I doubt that very much.  Frankly, I thought the whole thing should have been bulldozed years ago.  What is it being restored as anyway?  Alexander i and his era?  Nicholas I, etc.? or a shrine to N&A ?  Their rooms were not exactly earth-shateeringly  statements of the ars decoratif.

Robert, do you really think the AP Palace should have been bulldozed years ago? ?

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on December 31, 2009, 09:39:08 AM
http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/135599/

http://community.livejournal.com/arch_heritage/490512.html

Great news!
The stables built by the architect Bosse for Nicolai Nocolaievitch in Znamenskaya near Strelna will be restored!

I slipped two links, the pictures are very beautiful and the video is  interesting to see even if if you don't speak Russian.

3 million rubles have already been assigned to protect the buildings, historical shows could be organized here in the future.

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/qsd.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/qds.jpg)


(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/qd.jpg)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: rgt9w on January 02, 2010, 01:41:27 PM
Were the stables bombed during WWII or were they destroyed during the revolution?
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Svetabel on January 03, 2010, 04:33:08 AM
http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/135599/

http://community.livejournal.com/arch_heritage/490512.html

Great news!
The stables built by the architect Bosse for Nicolai Nocolaievitch in Znamenskaya near Strelna will be restored!

I slipped two links, the pictures are very beautiful and the video is  interesting to see even if if you don't speak Russian.

3 million rubles have already been assigned to protect the buildings, historical shows could be organized here in the future.



The link to "great news" is from summer 2008 year. And nothing special in that till now NOTHING had been done/restored. Only the territory of the Stables is being guarded.

I wished we knew where had been those 3 mln rubles till now...
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Svetabel on January 03, 2010, 04:34:32 AM
Were the stables bombed during WWII or were they destroyed during the revolution?

The main destroyer there is time and numerous inhabitants during the Soviet era.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 04, 2010, 03:02:18 PM
http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/135599/
http://community.livejournal.com/arch_heritage/490512.html

Thank you for these interesting links!


I found some pdf-files of restoration:

Churches
http://gov.spb.ru/Document/1244185421.pdf

Palaces
http://gov.spb.ru/Document/1244185492.pdf

Interiors
http://gov.spb.ru/Document/1244185603.pdf

Facades
http://gov.spb.ru/Document/1244185317.pdf

http://gov.spb.ru/Document/1211543647.pdf

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: richard_1990 on January 05, 2010, 08:22:37 AM
Wow thank you so much Vladimir, they're great. Could you tell me to which palaces the pictures 10,11,23 and 27 belong to? Are they all from St. Petersburg House of Music?
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 05, 2010, 11:11:16 AM
pages 2-8 St. Petersburg House of Music
pages 37-39 Chinese Palace. Oranienbaum
pages 65-69 Turkish Bath. Tsarskoe Selo
pages 70-74 Farm Palace. Peterhof
pages 75-76 Bip Fortress. Pavlovsk

http://gov.spb.ru/Document/1244185492.pdf

Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: richard_1990 on January 05, 2010, 11:35:34 PM
Sorry, I should have said I meant http://gov.spb.ru/Document/1244185603.pdf
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 06, 2010, 01:55:18 PM
Sorry, I should have said I meant http://gov.spb.ru/Document/1244185603.pdf

pages 10-11 Mikhailovsky Theatre http://www.mikhailovsky.ru/en/

page 23 "Capella" Concert Hall http://glinka-capella.ru/halls/main/gallery/

page 27 St.Petersburg Philharmonic http://www.philharmonia.spb.ru/eng/indexi.html
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on January 08, 2010, 09:11:53 AM
Vladimir,

I must really thank you for all these beautiful pictures whom  I took a great pleasure to discover (I've watched it or two hours).

The house of books on Nevsky prospect is truly a beautiful building

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/fd.jpg)

 with a fabulous elevator in liberty style is really a beauty

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/DFDF.jpg)

and what about these magnificent staircase with wrought iron railings ...

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/NBVVNBNBVVB.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/GHGHGHFGHF.jpg)

The canopy in the yard is great and the windows fantastic
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(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/FDGFFGFGGFGFFGF.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/DOMKNIGU.jpg)




What is this palace?

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/ll.jpg)



St. Petersburg is really a special town; thank you Vlad for having sent all  these incredible links.


I  specially loved those shots of the Stroganov palace
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/CXV.jpg)




 
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 25, 2010, 11:53:19 AM
What is this palace?

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/ll.jpg)

It is a hall in the former St. Petersburg Assembly of the Noble (today - St. Petersburg Philharmonia)
http://www.philharmonia.spb.ru/eng/inform.html
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Michael HR on January 29, 2010, 01:03:23 PM
Am I right in thinking that the lift shown above is like the one used by the Empress at the Alexander Palace? While it is gone now it had to be fairly slim bearing in mind the width of the corridor used by the Imperial Family.

Just a thought

Michael
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on July 13, 2010, 01:19:49 PM
 Interesting link however on the restoration of the park Ekateringof, however I can not identifiy where this park is i the city...

Seeing to the picture, it makes me think to the summer garden...

http://karpovka.net/2010/07/09/16236/&rurl=translate.google.fr&usg=ALkJrhi6OeuZUHf-4iRICjbkOAepAaWYdQ
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Svetabel on July 13, 2010, 11:11:12 PM
Interesting link however on the restoration of the park Ekateringof, however I can not identifiy where this park is i the city...

Seeing to the picture, it makes me think to the summer garden...

http://karpovka.net/2010/07/09/16236/&rurl=translate.google.fr&usg=ALkJrhi6OeuZUHf-4iRICjbkOAepAaWYdQ

The park is at South-West of the city.

http://maps.google.ru/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox&ie=UTF8&q=%D0%BF%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BA+%D0%B5%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%84+%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%82%D0%B0+%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B0&fb=1&gl=ru&hq=%D0%BF%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BA+%D0%B5%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%84+%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%82%D0%B0+%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B0&hnear=%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4+%D0%A1%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%BA%D1%82-%D0%9F%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B1%D1%83%D1%80%D0%B3&hl=ru&view=map&cid=10817359504483855687&iwloc=A&ved=0CB0QpQY&sa=X&ei=sjg9TPSONon9Odmp8e8I (http://maps.google.ru/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox&ie=UTF8&q=%D0%BF%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BA+%D0%B5%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%84+%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%82%D0%B0+%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B0&fb=1&gl=ru&hq=%D0%BF%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BA+%D0%B5%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%84+%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%82%D0%B0+%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B0&hnear=%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4+%D0%A1%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%BA%D1%82-%D0%9F%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B1%D1%83%D1%80%D0%B3&hl=ru&view=map&cid=10817359504483855687&iwloc=A&ved=0CB0QpQY&sa=X&ei=sjg9TPSONon9Odmp8e8I)
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on July 20, 2010, 09:38:14 AM
I can thank yu Svetabel for the precision! Vassia
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on September 05, 2011, 08:11:02 AM
Kamenoostrovski paloace will be fully restored in 2013 on purpose of the use for the guests of the town.

http://karpovka.net/2011/09/02/26640/
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on September 05, 2011, 12:34:44 PM
Thank you Vasili.  What part of town is this palace in ?
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: BobG on September 05, 2011, 01:49:45 PM
Robert,
Kamenoostrovski palace ins on Kamenny Island at the tiip of the island where the Bolshoy Mevka & the Maly Nevka meet. 

BobG
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: BobG on September 05, 2011, 02:36:13 PM
Sorry for the typos:

Kamenoostrovski palace is on Kamenny Island at the tiip of the island where the Bolshoy Nevka & the Maly Nevka meet.  

BobG
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on September 05, 2011, 02:50:41 PM
Thank you, BobG.  Perhaps I may ask to check it out on next years\'s visit. I understand it may not  be open to the public, as it is to be a guest house. But we might get a bit in at least. The palace is new to me.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on September 06, 2011, 07:18:17 AM


More to see on Kamenoostrovski palace here:
http://bcam.spb.ru/250/index_e.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamenny_Island_Palace


Another nice information is the reconstruction of the church of sennaya plochad in St Petersburg, this was a controversial issue. The church well-known thanks to Dostoievski and his character of Raskolnikov was destroyed under the soviet period. Major repairs on the place raises the question of the reconstruction, once was proposed a partial reconstruction of the steeple but after a public debate, the whole reconstructrion of the 18th century building have been choiced. As a conclusion, the place will  finally regain is original appearance for the whole.

http://archi.ru/events/news/news_present_press.html%3Fnid%3D36216%26fl%3D1%26sl%3D1%26tid_1%3D%2525%26tid_2%3D%2525%26tid_3%3D%2525
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on September 09, 2011, 05:01:02 PM
http://karpovka.net/2011/09/05/26692/&usg=ALkJrhgw0nGMFq7d2o8tKUmeQYeZC6dm1g

Shots of the cathedral, incredible to see, the center of St Petersbug will regain one of his masterpiece!
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Robert_Hall on September 09, 2011, 08:20:54 PM
It never really lost it, Vassili, it has been a beautiful working church for years.  All it needs is some structural maintenance. It survived revolutions and wars, it will stand.  Unlike St Issac's and the Spilled Blood, it is not a museum so there is no charge to enter.   Kazan is nice, but not the best in St.P. IMO.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on September 30, 2011, 02:22:03 PM
More financial means granted to the rzstoration of the Youssoupov palace, fortress Peter and Paul and palace Anitchkov!

http://kvadrat.ru/news/28092011_petropavlovskuju_krepost_anichkov_dvorec_dvorec_jusupovyh/&usg=ALkJrhhVWgoVFhG48Tjv1GCqbh77bwMJZQ
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on October 20, 2011, 10:01:15 AM
On the restoration of the palace Kamenoostrovski:

http://karpovka.net/2011/10/12/27923/&usg=ALkJrhgpZ10pc2KtXHkQvbXwfvZHVE3t1w

Restoration of the cathedral on the spill blood:

http://karpovka.net/2011/10/10/27787/&usg=ALkJrhgxBB5deIQsN3DtLTdTUNVxWmpziQ
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=fr&rurl=translate.google.fr&sl=ru&tl=fr&u=http://karpovka.net/2011/10/10/27787/&usg=ALkJrhgxBB5deIQsN3DtLTdTUNVxWmpziQ
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: londo954 on October 29, 2011, 10:38:39 PM
Kamenostrovsky was owned by the Imperial Family and used by heir's to the throne. Alexander I resided here at one point and if I remember correctly it was from here that he planned the defense against Napoleon's invasion. It was used as a rest home for the Air Force during the Soviet period. It had one of the mowst beautiful gardens in St. Petersburg which has been downsized considerably over the years.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 12, 2011, 09:10:28 AM
The house of baron Stieglitz was transferef to the University of St Petersburg:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=fr&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fkarpovka.net%2F2011%2F11%2F08%2F28905%2F

Some news (I can not find how to send it in english, sorry) on the Michael dacha that is restred in order to create the russian Harvard, works are going on!

http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=fr&rurl=translate.google.fr&sl=ru&tl=fr&u=http://karpovka.net/2011/10/03/27579/&usg=ALkJrhhaljT4wN7W0k7371chl7gdwEbx2w

V.
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 17, 2011, 11:50:58 AM
Some news on the near to open hotel Four season in the ancient Lobanov-Rostovski palace known as House of lions.

The reconstruction was one of the scandal of those last years, including destructions of some historic structures. Some modern adds have been avoided thanks to the mobilisation of public opinion however if the glass coupola have not been build, the roof have been modified in a modern way that is quite inappropriate for petersburg lovers as we are.

http://karpovka.net/2011/11/14/29134/
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 18, 2011, 05:06:05 AM
Some new links on the hotel with views of the interior:

http://lidek-eng.com/eng/projects/experience/49/

http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=10899
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Janet Ashton on November 18, 2011, 06:54:36 AM
Kamenoostrovski paloace will be fully restored in 2013 on purpose of the use for the guests of the town.

http://karpovka.net/2011/09/02/26640/

The first time I was in St Petersburg I stayed in a hostel on the sixth floor of an abandoned tower block in the south of the city. It cost $3 a night.....But the guy who owned that place claimed to be restoring the Kamenoostrovsky Palace as well! - I assume this was nothing more than a dream of his, though who knows what promises were made to whom back then! (it was 1993; he was a former government physicist who presumably had connections).
Title: Re: Restorations and renovations in St.Petersburg - news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on February 02, 2012, 02:33:14 PM
Novodevitchi convent in St Petersburg (one must not mix with the well-known one in Moscow) has plan to reconstruct the bell tower that was destructed under the soviet area- as usual- in 1925.

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=fr&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http://karpovka.net/2012/02/02/31469/