The Rastorguyev-Kharitonov Manor

The grandiose, classical style architectural assembly embellishes the Northern
slope of Voznesenskaya Gorka (Ascension Hill). It is well-known that in 1798
the merchant Lev Rastorguev acquired the house, whose construction was incomplete, from the widow Isakova and began its large-scale reconstruction, which
completed in 1824. It is not known for certain who exactly the architect of the Ural
palazzo was, but a popular theory as of late credits its authorship to the Italian
architect Tomaso Adamini. The Ekaterinburg architect Mikhail Malakhov apparently just seemed to bring some polish to his predecessor’s project. In any case,
the results ended up truly impressive. At least one testament to that fact is that
Emperor Aleksandr I stayed at the Ural gold industry entrepreneur’s residence during his official trip around the country.
After Rastorguyev’s death, the Manor’s possessions went to his son-in-law,
Pyotr Kharitonov. The latter was a well-respected man and was elected as the mayor. It was under Kharitonov that a garden was set up in the middle of the Manor
– the first city’s public park. Starting in the 1840s, the house was rented and
decayed little by little.
In 1937, after a total rebuild, the palace opened its doors to pioneers and
schoolchildren. It was during the 1930s that the historical designs of the building
were lost and new modern modifications were made.
Located today on the territory of the old Manor are federal ministries and
administrations, as well as a Palace for kids and youth creativity.

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