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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2005, 05:43:51 AM »
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trust me, i know exactly what you mean....



Now I'm wondering how many floorplan junkies there are among us in this forum.

Like you two, I have been fascinated all my life by the buildings associated with historical figures and events.  As a child, I even once wrote several of the toy airplane and car model companies to ask if they would consider manufacturing models of landmark buildings.  (No replies, despite weeks of hopeful waiting.)  Even today, I am a hobby architect, with several drafting programs on my computer with which I often amuse myself for hours on end.

While I went on to major in European history in college and grad school, my interest in history found its first legs in looking at pictures, drawings, sketches of the architectural settings in which history played out.

I first came to this forum because of the information it contained on the Alexander Palace, which I find to be one of the gems of neoclassical architecture.  Of course, I soon strayed onto all the threads about the Romanovs themselves . . . and annoyed quite a few people with my generally negative view of Nicholas and Alexandra.  I must admit, though, that some of my lack of sympathy for them arises from my view that, in managing the affairs of government so poorly, they helped bring an end to the era in which great palaces were the centers of civil and social activity.  (And it wasn't just the revolution.  Remember that the last great Winter Palace ball of the imperial era was in 1903, not 1914 or 1917.)

Now I'm wondering how many others here came to their interest in (or obsession with) the Romanovs by route of their palaces.

And, by the way . . . the Strelna floorplans really are great.  Such plans provide additional critical clues to the manner in which their occupants interwove their personal and official lives and are too often overlooked for that purpose.

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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2005, 06:00:25 AM »
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Me too!! :)

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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2006, 02:47:51 AM »
The restoration didn't do it justice.  I bet Papa is rolling in his grave at the way they screwed it up.  I was born in Strelna and lived there until I was 3.  I really miss it.  I remember it so clearly it is hard not being able to be there.  I played in the palace.  Papa was worried about that because he was afraid something would fall on me or out from under me.  My Baboushka was responsible for maintaining the rooms in as good a condition as was possible (considering lack of funds, etc.) and when Mama wasn't on the stage she helped.   I probably still have family there.  My father was one of the people working on restoring it in the 60's, until my abduction when he was murdered by the Nazi sympathizers that had been hiding in Strelna since the occupation.  Gabrielle Gloria

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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2006, 10:00:47 AM »
Welcome Gabriella...sounds like you live in the right place to make a movie of your life.  May you enliven us!

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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2006, 03:22:47 PM »
Yeah, lol.  

I'm actually writing it right now.  And since people now days seem to love watching horror shows of  people being tortured and abused they should love the movie of my life.  Anyone who is Jewish will probably not want to see it though.  Too similar to what went on in the camps and looking at Mengele on the screen wouldn't please them, either.  On the other hand, if you are into ballet or into learning about what it was really like living in Russia in the  early to mid sixties, or learning more about what really happened to Mengele (some of the lost parts of the story), you might find it interesting.  

The pics y'all put up are really nice.  I esp. like the architectural renderings.  I, too, am an amateur architect.  I figure since Papa was an architect, I get it honestly.   ;D

Do any of you, by any chance, live in Russia or go there regularly?  Or does anyone know how to contact the local authorities at Strelna?

I've been looking online trying to find someone there with an e-mail addy but so far haven't found any that sound official.  


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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2006, 03:31:51 PM »
Yeah, lol.  

I'm actually writing it right now.  And since people now days seem to love watching horror shows of  people being tortured and abused they should love the movie of my life.  Anyone who is Jewish will probably not want to see it though.  Too similar to what went on in the camps and looking at Mengele on the screen wouldn't please them, either.  On the other hand, if you are into ballet or into learning about what it was really like living in Russia in the  early to mid sixties, or learning more about what really happened to Mengele (some of the lost parts of the story), you might find it interesting.  

The pics y'all put up are really nice.  I esp. like the architectural renderings.  I, too, am an amateur architect.  I figure since Papa was an architect, I get it honestly.   lol

Do any of you, by any chance, live in Russia or go there regularly?  Or does anyone know how to contact the local authorities at Strelna?

I've been looking online trying to find someone there with an e-mail addy but so far haven't found any that sound official.  

Gabby

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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2006, 01:51:32 PM »
On the photograph of the 1rst page ,views of the 19th century when the palace was owned by the Contantinovsky's family  it is showed that there was a canopy, had it been reconstructed during the last renovation of Putin?I can not see it on the actual views...

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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2006, 03:29:06 PM »
Herewith the original plan of the palace.


To finish a view of the palace when it layed into ruins


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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2009, 06:30:12 AM »
This thread was began 5 years ago. The Palace had been restored and now is State Complex "Dvorets Kongressov", here's the site:

http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/articles/konstantinovskii_dvorec/

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Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2010, 06:49:55 AM »
For anyone interested in Balls, the War and Peace Ball will be held in the Constantine Palace on May 30. 2010.  Period costumes encouraged and all monies go to charity.  There should be a few Romanoffs there and the tickets are $1000 including a formal dinner and brunch.