House with lion statues, 8 Malaya Molchanovka str.
The house with lion statues “earlier Gordons” revenue house, is the architectural project by Kondratenko and Volokitina built between 1913-1914. It has been a beloved location of various cinematographers of the former Soviet Union. This 7-floor building is situated just nearby the Novy Arbat street and is undeniably one of the most luxurious apt. houses in Moscow. Among many outstanding residents who lived here during the 20th century we would outline famous scientist-autopsist Talalaev and professor of psychiatry Kannabich.
The house with lion statues may be recognized in such movies as ‘The Officer’, ‘Lady with no address’ and ‘The Twelve Chairs’ by Gaidai. The house with lion statues received it’s unofficial name due to a pair of lion statues holding shields which are situated on both sides of the front door.
The exterior is done in Russian classics style, it is characteristic of columns, heavy moldings, French balconies and bay windows. Of course this style is observed in the interior as well – dress stairs of the foyer are much the same as in the Bolshoy Theatre without exaggeration. The attic floor is transformed into a beautiful winter garden.
Nearby Places of interest: Lermontovs’ mansion-museum on Malaya Molchanovka str.
Unique atmosphere of the Arbat has always attracted the representatives of Russian bohemia. The lanes near The Arbat have always served a source of many poets’ and writers’ inspiration – Lermontov, Tsvetaeva and Okudzhava even lived here in different periods of time. Lermontovs house is situated just near the house with lion statues, on 2 Malaya Molchanovka lane. This mansion has undergone cosmetic reconstruction in 2014 and houses a museum since 1981.
The house was built in 1914 in classical Moscow empire style characteristic of that historical period. Ground floor building with mezzanine belonged to Chernov, who rented it to Lermontov and his grandmother between 1928 and 1932 during his studying in Moscow University.
Working hours of the museum are Fr – Sun from 11am till 6pm, Thu from 2pm till 8 pm, day off – mon.
Want to live in the house with lions?
Agency “Vertical” can help you to rent an apartment on 8 Malaya Molchanovka str. Your agent – Zakharov Vasily, phone +7 (926) 734-70-66
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