LondonGirl, (if you're still reading here), you make a very good and I think original observation about the actual unsuitability of the cellar murder room for its intended purpose. I can only think that some of its liabilities might have been thought to be offset by the fact that at least in part it was set into the ground, thus likely stifling the gunfire noise. But I think the bullet -absorbing capacity of the plaster walls was thought to make it a desirable site, though this proved not to be the case.
Hi - thanks yes I have always been amazed at the unsuitability of that room since I first read about this subject. Not only its position, but also the question of the window which was apparently left unboarded. There is another bizarre 'stretch of the imagination' concerning another window also - all descriptions of the shooting describe bullets returning to the cheka men and one states a bullet passed him closely - yet directly behind them and opposite the door to that room was another window in the lobby, through which a guard was supposed to have been witnessing the event. That seemed to remain intact also despite being in the return line of fire.
It is convenient for the conventional historical account that the Ipatiev Villa was demolished in the late 1970's - had it still been intact, no doubt these points would have been more closely examined and clarified, along with many other points. Of course that may well have been undesirable. All those concerned seem to want to draw a very definite line under this case, regardless of the anomalies which abound throughout it.