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  • Daniel

    Probably one of the best interiors I’ve seen in a Russian mansion. Not subtle, but the details do look cool. Only eyesore I can find if the A/C(?) unit in the window in photo 2. Exterior looks like a bank but the water view is a treat. Price I’m guessing is high 8 figures.

  • Limedaiquar

    Gorgeous rooms

  • Teddi

    Once I keep reminding myself that this isn’t a mansion, it’s palace, then I get it and I can stop cringing. What a difference a word makes.

    Yes, it looks exactly the way I expect a Russian palace to look. Formal, over-the-top and impressive. Though, it’s actually more sedate than some of the California and Miami mansions we’ve seen, and doesn’t that say something.

    Their gilding is much more restrained than in our nouveau riche mega mansions. I know for the most part our gold leaf-happy monstrosities are inspired by the French, but still, the Russians were no slouch when it came to impressive palaces either. So while this palace may not be French, it was still a place that entertained royalty and other dignitaries of the day, and it seems whoever designed and constructed this knew when to say stop.

  • Eric

    There is this part of me that really wonders if he had left out the “18th century” part, and simply labeled htis as a “Huge mansion” if we would get everyone doing the usually “RAR It’s tacky!” respond out of reflex.
    It also interests me to see what people ACTUALLY understand what “tasteful” French Baroque and Rococo design looks like, and those that just reflexively poo poo anything with gold edging.

    For me? Well, I could never seeing myself living in such a monstrosity… But I can appreciate the historical and artistic aspect of it at least.

    • Teddi

      Eric, the truth of the matter is, I believe if any of France’s flamboyant Louis’ were reincarnated today and tried to build any of their palaces now, we’d probably have seizures and the neighborhood association would protest city hall to prevent construction on the monstrosity that is a symbol of one man’s enormous ego.

      But it’s more than that. What worked for grand estates then for the most part wouldn’t work now. Just as attire, beliefs, views changed, so did our building esthetic, and our understanding of grandeur and tastefulness.

      Like I said, had I viewed this through today’s eyes, I would dislike it. I still do, but now it makes sense to me. There is a context of time, space, society and views.

      I see the documentaries on Highclere castle and I hate the rooms, hate the furnishings, couldnt imagine living there today. Put a stonefaced butler and a pinched lip head housekeeper into the frame and I am in love..yearning to go back in time to experience the life the Crawleys portray.

      Also remember, there was no Forbes list or IMF rating back then. Opulent palaces was it.

      They had to make a show of their country’s greatness and a kind of chest thumping: don’t-wage-war-here-look-how-rich-we-are-we-have-the-resources-to-crush-you palace. There is no need for that type of statement now. Now we have the Military Channel to do that for us.

  • Grrrowler

    From a historical perspective, this is amazing. Some of the rooms, like the Gothic Hall, are spectacular. And, as has already been mentioned, the fact that it’s a “palace” instead of a “mansion” lets it get away with being completely outrageous in its details and opulence.

    However, I can’t imagine anyone actually living in this, in this day and age. As a palace, many of the rooms were used for public ceremonies and official gatherings, but that doesn’t seem to fit with modern life. Does anyone have any need for a negotiation hall these days? It seems like this is best suited to be open to public tours as a stately home. That said, this will make a fine residence for a Russian oligarch with a grandiose view of himself.

    • Teddi

      And that’s exactly why context is important. If this was called a mansion instead of a palace, it would seem insane. Who could build a replica of this now and not be considered an egomaniac with more money than sense.

      I read historical novels and am amazed when they talk about having a couple thousand people over to an estate (say what?), they had ballrooms to actually accommodate that type of crowd. In their homes. Not a separate building somewhere on the property. Over a hundred thousand candles in the chandeliers. 14 people at a dinner table was small and intimate.

      Today it’s a novelty for a mansion to even have a ballroom. I am going to assume the negotiating room was parlayed into what we consider a conference room now. And while that can be handy if the owners do a lot of work from home, it’s still a rarity to find even in mansions the size of this palace.

      Times have changed, the purposes of grand estates have changed. What would you do with most of the rooms in THIS palace in today’s world? Even if you modify them to make them more user friendly, it would undermine the architectural integrity. Which is why I agree with you. A normal person, a normal family, wealthy or not, would have trouble residing here. Unless the owner is a complete history buff and is buying it more for preservation than usage, it’ll just be a lot of money wasted on a lot of under-utilized space.

  • Eric

    I Just hope that they KEEP it historical.
    I Always have this nightmare of people buying historical properties, gutting the insides, and turning them into some sort of horrific modern ‘Candy’ looking design.

    That said, the BEST use of this would be to have it as a public museum for all to see. Sadly that does not make a lot of money, selling it to a billionaire is sadly easier…

    Also Teddi once again hits the nail on the head. Places like this were very much a sign of the times. Part of why I think many of us resent modern incarnations, is there is just no need for it other then pure “LOOK AT ME!” egotisim.
    There are certain things that I Love, but purely from a historical view point.

  • Jeff

    It’s a shame not all St Petersburg buildings are like this. A lot of them, some by the river overlooking The Hermitage are left neglected by their owners and occupied by poor people who cannot afford to take care of the units they live in because the greedy landlords want them out.

    • Teddi

      You mean they turn palaces into apartment buildings? or that the new buildings are run down


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