Bolshaya Ordynka house becomes architectural monument

December 20, 2020

The ancient stone building situated at 19 Bolshaya Ordynka, bldg. 2 has become a cultural heritage site of regional importance. It is now officially an architectural monument. Erected in the mid-18th century, it is a classic example of a city estate’s main house. According to archival records, initially the building was owned by Klimontov, Secretary of the Siberian Prikaz (Department).

“The layout and decorative interior of the building, including the fine stucco medallions and cornices have been preserved. The basement brick and white stone walls, quite common to be found throughout the18th century in buildings, are still there too. The house has been given the formal status of a cultural heritage site of regional importance. Therefore it is now protected by the state and it is prohibited to change its historic look. Any conservation work will be strictly controlled by the municipal authorities,” said Alexei Yemelyanov, Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage.

Surveyors listed and described all the details constituting the building’s historical and artistic value. Its location and architectural features are also under protection. The outside of the house is also considered to be of importance. This includes the molded window frames on the ground floor, a cornice between the floors, the size, form, location and decorations of the windows and 18th-19th century doors. The materials and the nature of the plastered brickwork walls and the white stone skirting board are listed as well plus the decorative interior of the house.

The building had several owners. After Klimontov it belonged to retired lieutenant Pashkov, later it passed over to citizen of honour and Moscow second-guild woman merchant. Blokhina. In the early 20th century it was one of the properties of the Shemshurin brothers, well-known merchants. The estate became a paint-grinding production facility and was nationalised after 1917. Currently, it accommodates the Sea Fleet Museum.

Press service of Moscow’s Department of Cultural Heritage


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