Prince I. M. Obolensky – I. I. Nekrasov – A. A. Catoire de Bioncourt City Manor

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The city manor of Prince Obolensky appeared at the Gogolevsky Bulvar (Gogolevsky Boulevard) in the early 19th century. It had a number of owners, among them Kirill Naryshkin, the brother of Decembrist Mikhail Naryshkin. Here is a description of the house from the late 19th century memoir writer Dmitry Nikiforov: "The house is beautifully located on the higher bank of the Prechistensky Bulvar (Prechistensky Boulevard) and the Chertolye stream. It is a brief walk from the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and its garden, and the house's front windows look out to the sunny side. Back in the old days, when the Naryshkin family lived here, the grand staircase went into the courtyard, but today the entrance goes out to the street." Today, the house looks completely different after the global reconstruction, organized in 1899 by the famous architect of Moscow Art Nouveau Lev Kekushev. Kekushev transformed the house for its new owner, Alexander Catoire de Bioncourt, an amazing man and the heir of the famous Russian-French industrial dynasty. Alexander was an impassioned huntsman and weapon collector. The collection of guns and pistols, which he gifted to the State Historical Museum, took up 22 boxes and two large bales.