2 A Story of a Wooden 19th Century Russian Palace Deep in the Woods Destroyed and then Restored Again

A Story of a Wooden 19th Century Russian Palace Deep in the Woods Destroyed and then Restored Again

Posted on February 28, 2017 by tim


The story of this wooden building is like a fairy tale. In the middle of the woods for long time the real semi destroyed and burned wooden palace of an unknown king was standing. It was a scary sight for people who accidently saw it while going thru the woods.  However its story got a pretty happy end. Let’s see how.

At first this house belonged to a Russian peasant who moved to a big city.

He opened there a carpenter workshop and made a fortune by building wooden houses near St. Petersburg. Then went back to his native village deep in the Kostroma woods and started building his own wooden palace.

He married a young lady there and decided to devote this palace to her. She was just twenty years old.

The wooden palace looked like a picture from a book cover, generously decorated with all the woodcutting and had a garden and a artificial lake nearby.

This is how it looked like. However in 1914 he died, and just four years later – in 1918 – Bolsheviks nationalized his palace.

Bolsheviks didn’t use it till WW2. After WW2 they placed a village library and a Soviet post office there. Little by little village around the house began to become desolated. People moved out to the cities etc. In the beginning of 1980s there were no more people left in the village. So the palace got abandoned and neglected. Dense woods started growing all around.

Probably it would be lost forever if not in the year 2005 a Russian man from Moscow occasionally learned about this building browsing an Internet. He was so struck by its beauty that he decided to save it however much it could cost him.

He spent many years to restore everything, clean up the territory around, build the road and electricity lines, restore the lake again.

Many years of work payed off – now it looks nice and attracts tourists.

However how many more of such architectural wonders stay abandoned in Russian woods?
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2 Responses to “A Story of a Wooden 19th Century Russian Palace Deep in the Woods Destroyed and then Restored Again”

  1. Just sayn' says:

    Its refreshing to see people dedicating the time and money to save a part of their country’s history…no matter how small.

  2. john dudley says:

    What a great story. And good for the man that put the effort into saving the beautifull old house it was amazing to me that it basically stood the test of time,great job.

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