Restoration work by GlavUpDK in three mansions awarded Moscow Restoration 2019 contest prize
“2019 has been a really fruitful year for us. Over 170 cultural heritage sites have been restored, it is a huge amount of work, performed by you personally and by your teams. It is world-class work. Of course, it has its own specifics, features, and requires great expertise and dedication,” S. Sobyanin said.
By the decision of the contest committee, the GlavUpDK of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was awarded a diploma of the laureate for the best organization of repair and restoration work at three cultural heritage sites: I.A. Mindovsky’s mansion with a wing and fence, 1903 by architect L.N. Kekushev, Mansion, 1906 by architect R.I. Klein, G.A. Karataeva’s - I.V. Morozov’s urban estate of late XIX century - early XX century, by architects A.S. Kaminsky, A.E. Erichson, F.O. Schechtel.
Receiving the award from the Mayor, Sergey Makarov, Head of GlavUpDK, noted: “GlavUpDK annually manages to maintain a high rate and appropriate level of repair and restoration work at historical mansions, giving them a kind of second life. We will continue our proactive work on the revival of cultural heritage sites, presenting the results of this work to experts and the general public.”
In total, more than 110 Moscow mansions are managed by the GlavUpDK, most of them are cultural heritage sites. Many of them host embassies. Their maintenance and operation are carried out in strict compliance with the requirements of Russian legislation in the field of protection of cultural heritage sites and under the control of state authorities for the protection of monuments. The work is carried out at the expense of the GlavUpDK.
The complex of buildings of I.A. Mindovsky’s mansion at Povarskaya Street, 44/2, bldg. 1,2 was built in 1903-1904 by the famous architect L.N. Kekushev and is considered to be one of the best monuments of the Moscow Art Nouveau.
As part of a comprehensive restoration that has taken more than two and a half years, the work on the building’s facades is complete, and in the main interior areas the original colour schemes and decoration have been restored. Special attention has been paid to detail: elements that have been restored include the unique stained glass windows, the lamp in the Winter Garden, the light fittings, door handles, an original radiator from 1903 and many other elements which add up to create the building’s unique atmosphere. One important achievement has been the restoration of the painting of the muses, based on historic photographs. It returned to the roof 70 years later last summer.
In the mansion at: Khlebny Lane, 20/3, building 1, built in the Art Nouveau style with elements of neo-Gothic, GlavUpDK carried out the restoration of facades, roofs and fences. Special skill of restoration artists was required for the painstaking work of restoring the architectural sculpture decor of the facade that makes the mansion unique. Based on the archival photos of 1906 and historical documents, the original external system of octahedral pipes and water intake funnels, elements of forged window grids, metal balusters on the balcony of the mansion, metal cover ploughshare over the gable parts of the eastern and southern facades of the building were restored.
The complex overhaul with elements of restoration and reconstruction of the town estate of G.A. Karataeva - I.V. Morozov (Leontievskiy Lane, 10) lasted almost four years. It was the first complex restoration in the history of the building.
During its more than two hundred years of history, the mansion has not lost the unique interiors created by the great architects Alexander Kaminsky, Fyodor Schechtel and Adolf Erichson: lobbies with rustic walls and classic design of ceilings, stone stairs with cast iron fencing and others.
In the course of the work, the enfilade of the second floor halls, most beautiful fireplaces, rich stucco decorations were restored; the colour solution of all the rooms was recreated. Unique picturesque inserts on the ceilings and walls of the front rooms, as well as plaster decor with painted wood were rediscovered.
The Moscow Restoration competition was held for the ninth time. It was established for the development of traditions of the Moscow school of restoration, popularization and promoting public interest to historical and cultural monuments. Since 2011, more than 360 organizations and experts have won prizes.
In 2011-2019, 1,384 cultural heritage sites were restored in Moscow. At the same time, 173 monuments were completed this year.
As a result of large-scale restoration work, the number of sites in unsatisfactory condition decreased 5.3 times. The share of monuments in good and satisfactory condition increased from 66% to 94%.