Abamelek-Lazarev Building - Neoclassical Revival
The Abamelek-Lazarev House at No. 23 Moika Quay is a historical landmark building in St. Petersburg redesigned in 1913–1915 for Prince Semyon Semyonovich Abamalek-Lazarev (in addition to belonging to one of the richest families in Imperial Russia, Semyon was also a prominent scholar and an author of a number of books on the economy of Russia and the history of mining) by the architect Ivan Fomin, known for his neoclassical revival themes.
The house was a conglomeration of three 18th century buidings; each had its own distinctive façade on the Moika Canal and on the Millionaires’ Street . Fomin's job was to rebuild a four-storied structure on the Moika, with a neo-classical façade and greatly expanded state rooms.
The architect designed a grand staircase, a banqueting hall, and a theater—all luxurious re-creations of the nineteenth-century neo-classical ambience, with coffered ceilings, false marble columns, delicate parquetry, plaster relief medallions, and wall and ceiling paintings.
Here, as at the Polovtsev mansion, Fomin enshrined a past epoch in what is virtually a museum setting.