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Oldest Mansion Restored in Moscow
11.11.2008 12:23
Oldest Mansion Restored in Moscow

Restoration of one of the oldest mansions of Moscow and a federal monument, Bryus House in Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, has been completed.
      It is one of the capitals most interesting palace mansions in the early classicism style with a well preserved structure and décor of the facades. In the late 17th century two-storey stone chambers belonging to Princes Lobanovs-Rostovskys used to stand here. The chambers have been partially preserved in the centre of the existing building. Only in the mid 18th century the estate was passed on to Alexander Bryus, a nephew of the well-known associate of Peter the Great, and then to his son Yakov, who was the head of Moscow administration for some time. He improved it and altered it considerably.
      Later the building was repeatedly rearranged and rebuilt. In the 19th century it housed the Arts Society, followed by a secondary school and then a private classical school for girls. After the revolution of 1917 it gave place to communal flats and a kindergarten.
      The house got the status of a federal heritage monument in 1974. Since then restoration has not been ever carried out.


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