Tatishchev City Manor

Nikolai Galkin / TASS
The historic manor at Bulvar Petrvosky (Petrvosky Boulevard) was built in the 1780s for Rostislav Tatishchev, the grandson of the famous Russian historian, and the residential buildings on both sides of the house used to be its annexes. The original manor building was the creation of the great architect and the patriarch of Moscow Neoclassical style Matvey Kazakov. Legend has it that Tatishchev received Emperor Paul I here, in the hall furnished with mirrors, which seemed like an amazing wonder back then.

From the Tatishchev family the manor was passed to the Vyazemsky family, but its most famous owners were the eccentric Catoire family, merchants from France, who sold tea, wines, and silks. In the 1860s, they bought the house and commissioned its reconstruction from architect Alexander Kaminsky, a prominent representative of the Moscow Eclecticism style. Between 1897 and 1904, the building housed the editorial offices of the Courier newspaper, which united left-wing men of letters. In the course of its short existence, the Courier published Maxim Gorky, Anton Chekhov, Ivan Bunin, and many other well-known writers. Leonid Andreyev, who served as the paper's court reporter, woke up famous one day, after the Courier published his short story "Bargamot and Garaska."