One-rouble-per-square-metre programme to renovate two wooden mansions

One-rouble-per-square-metre programme to renovate two wooden mansions
The former house of E.A. von Berens on Gusyatnikov Pereulok will receive its original burgundy colour, and nine windows in the Sytin Mansion, that were covered over in the 1970s, will be opened.

Two wooden mansions in Moscow centre will be renovated by late 2017. They are the former house of E.A. von Berens, a Neo-Greek building on Gusyatnikov Pereulok, and the Sytin Mansion on Sytinsky Pereulok, a building that survived the fire of 1812.

The Department of Cultural Heritage explained that only 70 wood buildings are currently on the unified state registry list. Most of them are federal buildings.

“At present, the work to replace the decayed wood wreaths and beams in the house of E.A. von Berens is underway. The renovators moved the dismantled window casings to a restoration shop. The remaining wood details were put in order and numbered,” said Andrei Filippov, CEO of the Comprehensive Development Centre, which is leading the project.

The work on Gusyatnikov Pereulok started in early May. Since then, the renovators have discovered some interesting facts. For example, they found that the house’s original colour, under a thick coat of paint, was burgundy, not yellow. “We’ll paint the house its original colour. We’ll do that after we strip the surface of the previous paint coats and protect the wood with a biological flame retardant,” Mr Filippov said.

Comprehensive work to renovate the mansion of Corporal Andrei Sytin on Sytinsky Pereulok will start before the end of the year. The building’s wood columns and mouldings will be fully restored. In addition, nine windows that were covered over with bricks in the 1970s will be opened in the basement. They will be recreated based on photos from the early 20th century. Three 19th century ovens, decorated with tiles, will also be restored.

The one-rouble-per-square-metre programme envisages that an investor will finance the reconstruction of an old historical building and put it into operation. After that, he will be granted 49 years at a reduced lease rate. An investor has five years to renovate cultural sites within the one-rouble-per-square-metre programme.

Incidentally, the Sytin Mansion and the E.A. von Berens house are among the few wooden buildings that have survived in Moscow.

The E.A. von Berens house was designed in 1871 by architect Mikhail Fidler for collegiate assessor Eduard von Berens. In the 1920s, the building was converted into communal flats. Since the 1970s, it has been the site of various administrative offices.

The Sytin Mansion survived the fire of 1812. The mansion was owned by Corporal Andrei Sytin of Izmailovsky Park. The building was last renovated in 1976.

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