Famous gazebo reopens in Gorky Park

Famous gazebo reopens in Gorky Park
This gazebo from the 1950s had been one of the key musical platforms in the park. During the summer months, there will be a white grand piano there and traditional concerts will be given.

The white carved gazebo has reopened in Gorky Park.  It features a chiseled pattern made of wood. The gazebo is located not far from the park entrance near the Pushkinskaya Embankment. It took eight months to do most of the restoration work which came to an end at the close of 2017. The restorers recreated in detail the historical look of the structure using archival photographs together with documents. During the summer, a white grand piano will be installed there for traditional recitals.

“The gazebo was constructed in the park in the early 1950s. The Moscow intelligentsia– poets, writers and artists – used to meet here. The white grand piano had long been an inseparable part of the structure. In the 1990s, when there was an amusement ride park, concerts were stopped. We decided to recreate this tradition in 2011, but it soon became obvious that the historical structure required renovation: many parts of the architecture had been either lost or destroyed,” the Gorky Park press service said.

The park area is a cultural heritage site of regional importance; therefore the renovation required a project approved by the Department of Cultural Heritage. The gazebo is round in shape; it is 9.85 metres high and has a diametre of 9.28 metres. It has a metal frame and is decorated with carved wooden panels. Renovation work began with installing fences and dismantling the preserved parts. Experts replaced the rotten floor foundations, built a metal frame, made a concrete floor and then repaired the steps. The roof was covered with new corrugated iron. Then specialists renovated the metal columns and recreated the lost patterns. The historical look of the gazebo was recreated using photographs and documents from that time: mesh-like patterns, eight liras above the arches, a decorative plaster molding on the ceiling and a small concrete vase on the roof. Pine was carved to make patterns; larch was used for the floor.

The gazebo got two rows of powerful energy-saving lamps (48 in all); they were placed on the ceiling in a circle, and are similar to the old ones. The only new thing in the gazebo are weatherproof sockets. In the summer, they will be used for musical equipment, microphones and amplifiers. The gazebo was painted white.

As of now, the renovated pavilion is open for the public. However, some finishing touches (applying additional coats of paint) will be done in the spring when the weather is warmer.

Gorky Park was established in 1928. Avant-garde architect Konstantin Melnikov developed the area from the main entrance to Neskuchny Garden. In 2013, the park received part of the Vorobyovy Gory nature sanctuary and part of the Lomonosov Moscow State University area; in 2015, it received the Muzeon Arts Park, Russia’s largest open-air sculpture museum.