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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #255 on: January 03, 2006, 10:13:10 AM »
Is there a page on this thread that tells what each number on these floor plans means? I apologize for not keeping current. And I add my appreciation to all who worked to bring us these plans. Hurrah to you.

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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #256 on: January 03, 2006, 10:53:51 AM »
THANKS  LOT,  Reco!!

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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #257 on: January 03, 2006, 11:00:45 AM »
James, I am afraid you will simply have to start from the begining- the numbers are translated on several early pages, not just one ! Excellent job, btw.
As for the logistics of living and working in the palace- it sure does not look like an easy house to run. Lots of leg work getting from one place to another.  Baths and wcs seem few and far between.
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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #258 on: January 03, 2006, 01:38:58 PM »
I'm speechless! The talent and work done in this thread is a testimony to the dedication of these members to the AP forum and beyond. A heart-felt thank you to all.

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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #259 on: January 03, 2006, 02:54:50 PM »

Thank you very much. All that was possible with the plans of Wladimir. It is especially necessary to thank Wladimir.

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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #260 on: January 03, 2006, 03:39:14 PM »
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Is there a page on this thread that tells what each number on these floor plans means? I apologize for not keeping current. And I add my appreciation to all who worked to bring us these plans. Hurrah to you.

I've PMed you, James.

FYI -- I compiled a listing of the complete floorplan key translations we did this fall. I can post the list here, or anyone interested can PM me if you'd like me to email the files.

Reco -- thank you for all your work! This makes everything clear & easy to see at a glance.
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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #261 on: January 03, 2006, 03:54:58 PM »
I for one would appreciate that very much. I have  them printed out but they are several pages, as the translations were being worked on. An excellent idea indeed !
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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #262 on: January 03, 2006, 06:56:58 PM »
Sarushka:
I sent you a private message about the room numbers.
Thanks so much for your help.

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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #263 on: January 03, 2006, 08:26:37 PM »
Ok, here goes... I'll have to break this into multiple posts, since it's so big.

notes:
*red text indicates untranslated segments
**blue indicates a comment by a translator
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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #264 on: January 03, 2006, 08:28:05 PM »
Basement:
1. The buttery for the fruit
2. The servant`s washstand
3. The furnace for the first entry  
4. Lavatory [3 stalls]
5. Pantry for cleaning implements, where the crowbar & spade were found with which the Tsar worked.
6. (No. 1)* Proper buffet of their majesties. In it are two kettles for boiling water. Here, coffee brewed, milk, cream, and chocolate boiled. In the back right corner, -- the boiler for the bathroom of Aleksandra Fyodorovna, and the bath on the mezzanine for the children and the Englishwomen, who used the system of baths on the second floor.
* In parenthhesis is indicated the old numbers, preserved on the doorways of the quarters.  
7. Passage into the stairway to the 1st [floor?] entrance. By door No. 11 (on the left) is the entrance to telephone post No. 3.  
8. Hydraulic hoist machine.
9. (No. 2) On-duty officers of the combined regiment.  a --- telephone booth for talking with the sentry. [Followed by a very long sentence I haven't translated yet!]
10. (No. 4) Larder at the disposal of Alexandra Fyodorovna (later was the combined berth of the on-duty officers).
11. (No. 5) Buffet of the chamber-yungfer and the young ladies.  
12. (No. 6) Driver and footman of Aleksandra Fyodorovna, who were on duty in shifts of two weeks.
13. (No. 7 ) On-duty Operator - Post No. 2 through corridor, with door on the left  
14. (No. 8 ) Apparatus with which water was heated for the personell's apartments, and the children's half, from the direction of the corridor, opposite the kettkes in alcove No. 9 technician's cabinet. Here was housed the regulators for heating and ventilation.
15. Battery for re-warming of ventilated air (for fresh air entering the window-grates in place of transomes).
16. Filters bumazeinye
17. Supercharged General Electric Corp. eletric motor variable current for ventilation of the personnel apartments.
18. Telephone of past time.  
18a. Telephone, at the time of the last tsar, was together with the cross-town eliminated.
19. (No. 11) Room of the footmen (locals).
20. (No. 11) Footman of the children's floor (on duty in monthly shifts).
21. Quarters of the cloakroom attendant to Aleksandra Fyordorovna, Laduiga.  
22. (No. 12) Boiler for the pool of Nikolai II.
23. Storage of filters (pasterovskikh). [Something to do with pasteurization?]
24. Cloakroom attendant of the tsar.
25. Local footmen of the tsar and tsaritsa.
26. Riding breeches and riding equipment of Nikolai II.
27. (No. 13) Passage into instructions above 3 quarters and to stairs leading to the valet and to the cloakroom.  
28. Water boiler for the bath quarters of the children's floor.
29. Buffet of the officers of the combined regiment.
30. Pantry of Nicholas II
31. Pantry for the trunks of the Tsarina
32. Quarters of the men of the children's floor.
33. Transformer (for the demands of the supercharged high tension current engine).
34. Admittance post of the combined regiment.
35. Supervisor of the combined regiment.
36. Descent into the tunnel.
37. Room of the officers of the guard.
38. Guards' quarters of the combined regiment. Here on the 9th of March, 1917, S. Mstislavski appealed to the soldiers of the 2nd Tsarskoeseloski rifle regiment and indicated that they hand over to the Okhrana the matter of the tsar and his family, and convinced them not to leave without the command of the Petrogradski Executive Committee.  
39. & 39a. W.C. for the officers of the combined regiment guard.
40. Storage for electirc hot water bottles of the personal rooms of the tsar, tsarina, and the children.
41. Hot water boiler for the corner parlour of Aleksandra Fyodorovna, the two libraries, and the hall behind them -- battery.  
42. Quarters of the guard escort.
43. Dog's kitchen.
44. Quarters where the gardener arranged flowers (also filter storage).
45. Linen pantry.
46. Personal staff kitchen with hearth, pastry oven, Russian oven in which the oil was heated for blini, kettles for heating water, skewers and roshporom for roasting shish kebab in birch[?] corner. Evidently, the staff kitchen was in the basement of the palace as far back as the time of Nikolai I. In any case, in 1858 it was renovated by the contractor Pavlovym for 1,850 rubles under the supervision of Colonel Ladygin.  
47. Pantry attatched to the kitchen, with icebox.
48. Chamber for the battery of the water heater with a boiler under the floor for inflow of fresh air.
49. Pantry
50. Hot water boiler for the slide hall, libraries, and pantries along the open hall.
51. Plumber's workshop.
52. Lavatory.
53. Flue of the pneumatic furnace (in a boiler plate box) and the 11th entrance.
54. Electrical engineer's room.
55. Gardener's pantry, where flowers were kept for the tables and passageway to the stairs.
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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #265 on: January 03, 2006, 08:28:50 PM »
Basement, con't:
56. Expense Buffet or cafeteria with both kettles and a hearth. Coffe, milk, cream, tea, sugar, and rolls were dispensed here for all palace employees. From here came the smell of coffee through all the halls.  
57. Quarters of the buffet workers.
58. Storage for the trunks of the tsaritsa.
59. Checkpoint, in it a partition for the electrician's storage.
60. Storage of Aleksandra Fyodorovna.
61. Storage of the children's floor.
62. Storage of Nikolai II.
63. Storage for firewood.
64. Storage for beer boxes, wine cellar (latticed partition).
65. Storage for brooms, shovels, rope etc. watchcman Shchikachev, head of garden staff. Firewood delivered on wheelbarrows by the gardeners.  
66. Hot water kettle [boiler?] for semicircular and portrait halls.
67. & 68. Storage of the tsaritsa's cloakroom attendant, Ladunga. In No. 67 was put away any/all sorts of furniture after musicians, in No. 68 -- slipcovers with furniture.  
69. Lavatory
70. Connecting housing with room with hot water boilers for the charwomen.
71. Connecting housing with pantry for the battery for the electric bells.
72. Storage of the architectural foreman.
73. Passage to 2 service staircases, and behind a partition, houseing for the transformer for the movie projector.  
74. Hot water kettle for the former billiard hall, arcade (more precisely, the church) and the third entry.  
75. Room of the floor polishers [can refer to men or machines].
76. Pantry for copper ware [could be dishes and/or utensils].
77.  The Passage where at certain times daily firewood was brought from a material court yard.
78. The firemen's room. Four were on duty each day. Also direct heat furnace for heating the III-th entrance.  
79. The storeroom for fire tools.
80. (23) Plumber's room. Two plumbers and three stokers were on duty in shifts.
81. (24) Waiter's room. Four were on monthly duty.
82. (25) Senior footmen of a rolling stock [I assume this means Imperial trains]. There were two, on monthly duty.  
83. The Room of 2 barbers - Dmitriev and Ivanov. They were on duty monthly and served mainly footmen. Ivanov also cut the tsar's hair, was his favourite and traveled with him, each time he worked for him, he got 10 roubles from the tsar for tip. Also there was a visiting barber.
84. Chambers-cossacks of tsarina.
85. State Livery storage; on duty were one tailor and one watchman. Distributed in safekeeping was equipment worn with gold braid. The tailor served the soverign (sewing on buttons) and the employees. Here were issued to employees overcoats, hats, tri-corners, stockings, shoes/boots Here stood out _____
86. For dirty table linens.
87. For clean table linens.
88. Counter-workers; on-duty by the month; here stood six beds.
89. (32) Wine cellar.
90. (33) Category II footmen; were on duty by the month; there were 5 beds; in all were 50 people.
91. (34) Category I footmen; 4 persons by the month were on duty; all was 8.
92. (35) Room for blackamoors on duty; 2 persons on two weeks were on duty; all was 4.
93. (36) Chambers- furerov.
94. The Electro-motor, a variable single-phase current, for the Siemens- Wukert's  elevator.
95. The Pantry.
96.   (37) Gofmarshal'dkaya kitchen with a marble bowl (before everywhere were such, but them have rejected as deep and badly washed out), the hearth, the pastry oven, the oven for baking Shrovetide pancakes and skewers for grilled shish kebabs.
97. Water-heating for a bath.
98. The Bath for serving personnel.
99. Washstands.
100. The Pantry.
101. The Pantry gof-furera for carved oredmetob (a brush, a sponge, vacuum cleaners and so forth).
102. The Corridor of IV entrance (pass).
103. (No 38 ) Gof-furerova Vas. Vas. SHalberova
104. (39) Dining room of the category V footmen. On duty here muzhiks sold wine-glasses of vodka to the staff for money.
105. (40) Assistants to  Waiters, serving at the Tsar's private buffet; four persons monthy were on duty; in total there was 8 person; there were 4 beds.
106. (41) Porters; two porters and two assistants were on duty monthly; in total there was 8 person; earlier here was cafeteria.
107. Pogrebshchikov [Wine Cellar?]; on duty one pogrebshchik [wine steward?]  and two muzhiks by the month; pogrebshchikov were 4, muzhiks - about 10; they came. from the Winter Palace  Regarding the room behind a partition where a plate pogrebshchiki sold to the staff mainly a rolling stock, vodka bottles and wine-glasses and beer. The cook drank here more than others.
108. (42) Wine dispensary, there was a rack (Madeira, red wine, port, beer, vodka, English bitters, alcohol for waving of hair, alash, dense white wine, etc.). Obtained by the footmen on a note of gofmarshal'skoi chasti.
109. (43) Assistants to Goffur'erov.
110. (44) Runners; two were on duty by the month; all four persons. In 1843 the room has been separated from the large entrance hall and corridor by a stone wall without windows for installation of the battery for the animator of electro-magnetic telegraph.
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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #266 on: January 03, 2006, 08:30:42 PM »
The Main Floor:

The Parade Rooms:
1.   Aleksandra`s Corner Reception Room (The Formal Reception Room)
2.   The Library
3.   The Library
4.   The Library
5.   The Library
6.   The room for the doorkeepers  
7.   The second entrance hallway
8.   The staircase to the second floor
9.   The Mountain Hall
10. The Portrait Hall
11. The Semi Circular Hall
12. The Marble Drawing Room (The Billiard Hall)
13. The Buffet
14. The Buffet
15. The staircases to the second floor and to the basement
16. The passage from The Open Hall to the Semi Circular Hall
17. The room for the movie projector

Maria Feodorovna and Aleksander`s rooms:
18. The Maria Feodorovna`s Bathroom
19. The White (or Red) Drawing Room
20. The Red Dining Room
21. The Anteroom
22. The room for the doorkeepers
23. The passage from the third entrance
24. The staircase to the second floor
25. The Palace Chapel
26. The Wardrobe  
27.  The Maid`s Room (Kamer-yungferskaya) with the alcove
28. The wooden staircase to the mezzanine and the second floor
29. The Bedroom
30. The Boudoir
31. The room before the Chapel
32. The Small Chapel
33. The Blue Drawing Room
34. The Oaken Hallway
35. The Passage
36. The Reserved Room
37. The Reception Room
38. The Dining Room
39. The Study
40. The Dressing Room (with the alcove)
41. The on-duty officer`s room
42. The on-duty officer`s room
43. The Hallway
44. The lobby of the IVth entrance and the passages
45. The staircases to the second floor
46. The room for the doorkeepers

The Reserved Suite
47. Elizabeth Fyodorovna`s room
48. The staircase to the mezzanine
49. The Wardrobe
50. The Bedroom (English Suite)
51. The Drawing Room (English Suite)
52. The Study (English Suite)
53. The Dressing Room (English Suite)
54.  The Valet`s Room
55. The Buffet with the staircase to the mezzanine and to the second floor
56. The Passage

Nicholas`s and Aleksandra`s Rooms
57. The Lobby
58. The Buffet
59. The Passageways
60. The Duty Room of the Aleksandra`s wardrobe mistress
61. The furnace (to boil the water for the buffet)
62. The staircases to the second floor
63. The Reception Room
64. The Working Study (the Old Study)
65. The Dressing Room
66. The Wardrobe
67. The Valet`s Room
68. The Large Study (the New Study)
69. The Hallway
70. The Maple Drawing Room (The Boudoir)
71. The Palisander (Rosewood) Drawing Room
72. The Lilac (Mauve) Study
73. The Bedroom
74. The Dressing Room
75. The Bathroom
76. The Maid`s Room
77. The Wooden Staircase (to the mezzanine and to the second floor)
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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #267 on: January 03, 2006, 08:31:27 PM »
Mezzanine:
1. The Aleksandra's Wardrobe (not extant)
2. The Tsar`s Wardrobe (not extant)
3. The Bathroom (not extant)
4. The room of the Tsar`s valet (not extant)
5. The room of the wardrobe mistress (not extant)
6. The Balcony of the Maple Room (not extant)
7. The Balcony of the Tsar`s New Study (extant)
8. The room for the Aleksey`s things
9. The room of the Maria Fyodorovna`s wardrobe mistress
10. The Maria Fyodorovna`s Wardrobe
11. The room of the servants
12. The room of the servants
13. The room of the Elizaveta Fyodorovna`s servant
14. The room of the duty officer's help (in Russian: sluzhitel dezhurnogo fligel-ad`yutanta)
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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #268 on: January 03, 2006, 08:32:03 PM »
The Second Floor:

1.   The Passageway
2.   The Buffet
3.   The Aleksandra`s Wardrobe
4.   The hallway with the jut of the elevator (The Glass Roofed Upper Corridor)
5.   The Entry
6.   The Dining Room
7.   The Drawing Room (The Girl`s Reception Room)
8.   The Elder Girl`s Classroom
9.   The Bathroom
10. The Elder Girl`s Bedroom
11. The Junior Girl`s Bedroom
12. The Aleksey`s Playroom
13. The Aleksey`s Bedroom
14. The Derevenko`s Room
15. The Aleksey`s Classroom
16. The Aleksey`s Bathroom
17. The Music Room (the Cinema Room)
18. The Aleksey`s Hallway
18a. The Hallway behind the Cinema Room
19. The Aleksey`s Reception Room
20. The Aleksey`s Buffet
21. The Servants` Bathroom
22. The Gilliard `s Bathroom
23. The Gilliard `s Study
24. The Gilliard `s Bedroom
25. The room of the doctors on duty
26. The Sailor Nagorny`s Room
27. The room of the Gilliard`s servant
28. The Hallway
29. The Chambermaids` Bathroom
30. Chambermaid Elizabeth Ersberg
31. Chambermaid Anna Utkina
32. Major Chambermaid Aleksandra Tegleva  
33. Zanotti`s Chambermaid Elizabeth Eltso (Eltser)
34. Aleksandra`s Lady in Waiting (on Duty)
35. Maid Madeline Zanotti
36. Maid Maria Tutleberg
37. The Junior Girls` Classroom

The Part of the Retinue
38. The First Servant`s Room
39. The Second Servant`s Room
40. The Hallway
41. The Drawing Room
42. The Bedroom
43. The Bathroom
44. The Reserved Room (Dressmaker Shneider)
45. The Servant`s Room
46. The Servant`s Room
47. The Buffet
48. The Hallway (The Passage)
48a. The Light Hallway
49. The Study
50. The Boudoir
51. The Bedroom
52. The Corner Drawing Room
53. The Wardrode and the Ironing Room
54. The Reserved Room for the servants of the guests
55. The Reserved Room for the guests
56. The Hallway
57. The Passage
58. The Benkendorf`s Room
59. The Benkendorf`s Bedroom
60. The Benkendorf`s Drawing Room
61. The Buksgevden`s Drawing Room
62. The Buksgevden`s Bedroom
63. The room of the Buksgevden`s servant
64. The Wardrobe
65. The Orbeliani`s Drawing Room
66. The Orbeliani`s Room
67. The Orbeliani`s Room
68. The Obolenskaya`s Room
69. The Obolenskaya`s Bedroom
70. The Obolenskaya`s Drawing Room
71. The Reserved Room for the guests
72. The Buffet
73. The Buffet
74. The Buffet
75. The Buffet
76. The Servant`s Room (on duty)
77. The Servant`s Room (on duty)
78. The Servant`s Room (on duty)
79. The Glass Roofed Corridor
80. The Passage

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#49-52 The rooms of Alexander III`s children (The rooms of young Nicholas)
#61-70 The rooms of the lady-in-waiting
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Re: Floorplans of the Alexander Palace
« Reply #269 on: January 03, 2006, 08:33:19 PM »
Kitchen, 1st Floor: (AP Translations posted by FA)
1. Cold Pie Room Pot-pies were baked here.
2. Pie Room In the middle of the room there was a big rectangular table for the pre-baked pot-pies.
3. His Majesty's Own Kitchen Near the side window there was a table for the soup-maker. At the back wall - a small table for the sauce-maker. In the left corner near the entrance lunches and dinners were given out according to categories (II, III & IV). Opposite the stove there were two big tables with the cutlery (knives, spoons, filters, etc.) covered with a table cloth. On the front wall there was an icon made by the workers of the kitchen. There were two basins for running water there.
4. Imperial Cooking Department All raw food stuffs to be prepared for the Imperial family was first brought to this room and placed on the center table. Here lunches and dinners for the Imperial Family and for the suite were prepared and handed over to carriers for transport to the palace. Meats and chops were roasted here as well.
5. Jelly Room Massive ice chests kept this room cool. At the back wall there was an ice-box for the cold hors d'oeuvres for Imperial meals. At the front wall there was a red granite bath full of ice; near it there was a table. There was also a table near the right side wall and another one in the middle of the room. All tables were covered with table cloths and there stood hors d'oeuvres and cold dishes. The door to the next room was always closed.
6. Meat room and Aquarium Live fish were kept here in a massive stone aquarium. There were also a number of ice boxes for meats.
In each room there were several stools and open cupboards on the walls.
7. Passage Under the staircase there was a small store room. Opposite it there was a latticed niche where sauces were kept. At the side window there was a table for chopping meat.
8. Dish Washing Room On the left wall there were latticed shelves for copperware. At the outer wall there was a big table for clean plates and dishes. In the far corner there was a big copper vat for washing dishes and at the back wall there was a big basin for rinsing them.
9. Store Room Between the side and back walls there was a big box with ice for keeping vegetables, meat, chops, products for hors d'oeuvres - ham, fish, caviar, cream, sour cream, butter, etc.
10. Store Room At the outer wall there was a side-board for keeping flour, groats and salt. And a glass box near the left side wall was for keeping tinned goods, spices and fruit.
11. Kitchen Office Payment for food supplies was given out there by check. The head waiter or the storeman made up menus here. Two clerks kept the books and made accounts in this room.
12. Way down to the tunnel
13. Ice House
14. Sawdust Room Sawdust for the kitchen's floors.
15. Coal Storage Room
16. Over Hang Under which stood the garbage wagon.
17. Ice Boxes

Sweet Shop
18. Kvass Department Kvasses and ice-cream were prepared here. Various products for making candies were also kept there. Above this room there was a mezzanine where two pastry-cooks worked with an apprentice.
19. Store Room Here was a ice box for storing kvass.
20. Candy Room Here were all the equipment and supplies for making candy on a marble top table. There was also a stove and a copper basin for washing dishes.
21. Biscuit Making Room
22. Candy and Biscuit Store Room Here was a stove for keeping the biscuits dry. There was a special desk for recording all the buscuits and candies that went out of the room. Near the partition there were glass side-boards for the storage of candy.
23. Servants' KitchenHere servant meals were prepared on served on long tables.
24. Silver Storage and Cleaning Room
25. Store Room
26. Ice Box
27. Shed for the Horse-on-duty
28. Toliet
29. Passage
30. Yard
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