F. A. Tolstoy – Karzinkin City Manor/Teleshov's House

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The house was built in the first half of the 19th century on the foundation of Count Fyodor Tolstoy's mansion, which had burned down. Fyodor Tolstoy was the great uncle of Leo Tolstoy. The manor of Karzinkin family is a rarity for Moscow in that it remains a home to the descendants of the merchant dynasty, and they have been living here for two hundred years. Merchant Andrey Karzinkin, who became the owner of Tolstoy's city manor after it burned down in the fires of 1812, was a prominent and wealthy man. He was the owner of the Big Moscow Hotel located near Okhotny Ryad, which later became the construction site for the Moscow Hotel. He also owned a block of tenement houses that were torn down in the 1970s. In the second half of the 19th century, Karzinkin family held a literary and musical salon that was frequented by playwright Alexander Ostrovsky, stage director Konstantin Stanislavsky, and opera singer Feodor Chaliapin. In the beginning of the 20th century, the owner's daughter Elena Karzinkina married writer Dmitry Teleshov, and the house became a meeting place for the prominent Russian men of letters. Maxim Gorky, for example, read his The Lower Depths play here.