More than 40 museum buildings have been restored in Moscow over the past five years, said Deputy Mayor of the capital Natalia Sergunina.
“Many museums of the capital are located in iconic historical buildings. They are recognizable and unique not only because of their unique collections, but also because of their architectural appearance — the design of facades and interiors,” said the Vice Mayor.
The expositions of these museums present various artifacts related to people who have contributed to the development of Russian culture, science and art. One example is the chambers of the Old Tsar’s Court in Zaryadye, which are now part of the State Historical Museum. For the first time, work to restore the historical appearance here was carried out in the middle of the 19th century by the founder of scientific restoration in Russia, Fyodor Richter. In 2017-2018, specialists put in order the facades, brick walls, roof, stone staircase at the entrance, stone floors and vaults, as well as restored plaster ceilings, wall paintings and wooden interior decoration. The lost elements were recreated using ancient technologies. The project was awarded the prize of the competition of the Moscow government “Moscow Restoration”.
Another winner of the competition was Ivan Turgenev’s house on Ostozhenka, a wooden Empire style mansion built in 1819. Now there is the House-Museum of I.S. Turgenev – a branch of the State Museum of A.S. Pushkin. A large-scale restoration of the building took place from 2015 to 2018: the foundation and load-bearing structures were strengthened, wooden walls, windows, doors, interiors and facades were put in order.
In 2017, the restoration of the building began, which houses the Museum of Pavel and Sergei Tretyakov. In 1795, the property was bought by their grandfather, the merchant Zakhar Tretyakov. Before nationalization, the house belonged to the family, then a hostel was located there. In 1978, the building was transferred to the Tretyakov Gallery. During the restoration, the walls were strengthened and, according to historical drawings, sections of the white stone cornice, plinth lining, window sills, oak window frames, and brass fittings were recreated. In addition, the restorers cleared and preserved a section of old brickwork on the stairs.Share: