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was being erected during 1794-1824. The name of the architect is unknown though conjectures about the authorship are numerous. The fact is that M.P.Malakhov ? the best architect of the "golden" Ekaterinburg ? took some part in creating this palace.
The south facade (the one overlooking the square) is commonly considered the main one. It has a beautiful colonnade of six Corinthian columns based upon a high arcade thus forming the first & second floors' balconies. Remarkable are the east facade (opening onto the garden) and the west one (lowering in the direction of the train terminal) ? it is wrought with astounding diversity and decorated with columns and fanciful grate-work.
The mansion (alongside with the nearby Church of Ascension) dominating the Voznesensky (Ascension) Hill, the most elevated place in the city, is a classical sample of the peculiar "Ekaterinburg-style" estate ? with a facade stretching along the so-called red line and gradually giving way to gardens, parks, court-yards and auxiliary premises. The garden with its pond, pavilions, artificial slopes and a rotunda was the town's first public park.
There has survived the document that defined the garden's place "near which, as is known, the Beriozovsky gold mine is situated". It is a purely Ekaterinburg detail.
The house had been intended for a happy family life, but another fate was in store for it; the heirs' quarrels and litigation resulted in a situation where the mansion stood for some time quite uninhabited, then became a house to let ...
During the Soviet years it housed the Palace of the Young Pioneers. Now it is the Children's Center for Creative Activities.

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