Workers come across 18th century décor hidden under the plaster of an old building on Smolensky Boulevard

Workers come across 18th century décor hidden under the plaster of an old building on Smolensky Boulevard
Experts will evaluate the building’s historical value and make a decision on further activity at the site.

The Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage has suspended a building project in Smolensky Boulevard after realising that it is an 18th century manor.

Over the past few hundred years, the building at 19/2 Smolensky Boulevard has undergone several renovations. It was once the main building in the Nikolai Kamensky city estate, and later it was an agrarian school. The part that has been preserved from the 18th-19th centuries is the central section including the second and third floors.

In 2015, the Department of Cultural Heritage approved a project to upgrade the building. The project was to preserve the early 19th century facade. The work was ordered by the Russian Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office.

The news that the building may have historical value was reported by Ministry of Culture expert Andrei Batalov. The Department of Cultural Heritage conducted an onsite inspection to verify the claim and issued a stop-order.

“The Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage has accepted the appeal that the building might possibly be classified as cultural heritage site. The appeal lists facts and claims that suggest a different evaluation of the building’s historical and cultural value may be necessary. We will study the appeal with experts at the Research and Methodological Council of the Department of Cultural Heritage,” said Department Head Alexei Yemelyanov.

Yemelyanov added that the contractor has been instructed to preserve any below-ground plaster fragments of the white stone décor which supposedly date back to the 18th century.