Metropol hotel gates and fence included on cultural heritage sites list

Metropol hotel gates and fence included on cultural heritage sites list
The fence was built at the start of the twentieth century, at the same time as the hotel and is decorated with typical art nouveau motifs.

The Metropol Hotel’s fence and gates have been included on the list of cultural heritage sites. They were built at Teatralny Proyezd between 1899-1903, and were designed by the architects William Walcot and Marian Peretyatkovich.

Alexei Yemelyanov, head of Moscow’s Department of Cultural Heritage, said that the fence and gates were built at the same time as the hotel, between the hotel building’s eastern wall and the Kitai-Gorod wall. The fence surrounds the inner yard. “Including the fence and gates on the cultural heritage list makes it possible to preserve the Metropol Hotel, one of Moscow’s most important art nouveau heritage sites, as a single ensemble”, he said.

The fence’s monumental pylons are topped by forged lanterns on high bases, decorated with typical art nouveau plant motifs, forming a stylistic whole with the fence and gates. The motifs used on the fence are echoed by the decoration of the openwork metal balconies on the hotel’s second floor, which were designed by architect Marian Peretyatkovich.

The Cultural Heritage Department has issued instructions with appendices setting out the site’s boundaries, giving its coordinates, and listing requirements and types of work needed to be done to preserve the site. The next step will be to include the site on the unified state register of cultural heritage sites.