Дом Игумнов, the Common House

(in La Maison Igoumnov, book edited by “Les Amis de la Maison Igoumnov”, coordinator: Olga Morel)

          Since 1938, the Igoumnov House (Дом Игумнов) is the Residence of France in Moscow. Former mansion of a rich merchant in the nineteenth century, located on Bolshaya Iakimanka street in the historic district of Zamoskvoretche, it is of a «Russian style» – which succeeded the neoclassical constructions after the fire of 1812 – and now rare in the capital and at the same time the symbol of the French presence in Russia. 

Residence of the Ambassador of France, it was the setting for artistic and political cultural events and high-level meetings between the two countries. A nod to history, the house was completed in 1893, the year of the Franco-Russian Alliance between a republican France and an imperial and absolutist Russia. The marriage of the French style of salons and the Russian taste, but one could reverse the terms, is also a whole program…

SEE MORE PICTURES ON THE FRENCH VERSION OF THE SITE…

 

Grand staircase and vestibule

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