Scott's recent photograph bears witness to the fact that the exterior restoration, at least, was well advanced.
The Farm Palace was built to the design of Adam Menelaws. It was a popular summer retreat for visiting family members. This is where Tatiana and Maria were born, where, during their summer holidays, the imperial children and their cousins had dancing lessons. It was not unusual for older family members to join in. It was where Alexandra Feodorovna had meetings with 'Dr Phillipe' in her desperate quest to produce a son and heir for her husband and for Russia.
This must be so distressing for Dr Vadim Zmenov, Director of Peterhof Palaces and Parks - a man devoted to his charge of preserving and restoring the magnificent architectural complex of Peterhof for posterity.