Kikin Hall – one of the oldest buildings in Saint Petersburg

Kikin Hall (Kikin Chambers) is an architectural monument of the Petrine Baroque, located in St. Petersburg at Stavropolskaya Street, 9.

This is the only house of the admiral-counselor and one of the associates of Peter I, Alexander Kikin, that has survived to our time (Kikin also had a plot in the city center, on the site of which the Winter Palace is now located).

The house was built in 1714-1720 by an unknown architect (presumably Andreas Schlüter) not far from the tar yard. In 1718, Kikin was executed for organizing the escape from Russia of Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich, and his house was taken to the treasury.

In 1719-1727, the collection of Peter’s Kunstkamera and the personal library of Peter I were located here. In the 1720s, the Kikin Chambers were rebuilt by an unknown architect. Since 1733, the office, the infirmary and the church of the Life Guards Cavalry Regiment have been located here.

In 1829, the building was rebuilt according to the design of the architect Alexander Staubert, and the baroque decor was destroyed.

During the Siege of Leningrad, the Kikin Chambers were badly damaged, but in 1952-1956 they were restored to their intended original form by the architect Irina Benois. Currently, the building houses a music lyceum.

In March 2020, a large-scale restoration of the facade of the chambers began.

The nearby Smolny Convent is located five minutes by foot.

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