The princely chambers in Podkopaevsky Lane are waiting for restoration

July 24

The princely chambers of the 16th–17th centuries located in a two-story brick building with basement and mezzanine at: 5/2 Podkopaevsky Lane, are waiting for restoration. Experts have started large-scale research work.

"The old chambers in Podkopaevsky Lane play an important role in shaping the historical appearance of the Basmanny district. This landmark building is somewhat mysterious. The fact is that the facade carries a sign with the name: “Shuisky chambers”. Initially, it was assumed that they belonged to representatives of one of the Rurik family branches — the princely Shuiskys dynasty. The most famous of them was Vassily Shuisky who made history as tsar Vassily IV of Russia. However, modern researchers consider this to be a mistake. Most likely, the real owner of the chambers was Prince and voivode Ivan Mikhailovich Baryatinsky, also from the Rurik dynasty. He lived in the 16th–early 17th century. He is known for serving as an ambassador to Denmark," said Alexey Yemelyanov, head of Moscow’s Department of Cultural Heritage.

The department head added that in order to develop scientific and project documentation, specialists will conduct historical, archival and bibliographic studies. They will also go deep into the engineering and technical features of the building, describe future architectural and design solutions. Once these studies are completed the exact list of required restoration works will be prepared. Then Moscow’s Department of Cultural Heritage will proceed with their approval. It is planned that the restoration will be completed no later than February 2023.

The chambers in Podkopaevsky Lane have the status of an object of cultural heritage of federal significance. All restoration work will be carried out under the supervision of Moscow’s Department of Cultural Heritage.

The building constructed in the 16th–17th centuries, was part of the White City. This is a part of Moscow where boyars and nobles lived. 

Over its centuries-old history the chambers’ appearance has undergone many changes. 

Initially, it was a two-story building with basement. The decorative elements of the facades of the 16th-17th centuries partially survived to this day: platbands, iron window lattices, blades (relief details), plinth. The white stone walls of the basement and its brick vaults also survived.

Early in the 18th century, one more chamber was added, and the princely building became L-shaped. But as soon as in the 1770s the chambers were rebuilt and their layout took a rectangular shape. The building’s final appearance was formed by the beginning of the 19th century when the mezzanine was built over.

The preservation and restoration of landmark buildings in Moscow is the most important area of Department of Cultural Heritage work. Since 2011, more than 1,600 cultural heritage objects were restored in the city, of which more than 100 will be restored in 2020.


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