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In the most beautiful city of Ukraine - Kiev, the granary of Ukrainian culture, on Shelkovichnaya street, there is a memorial building of decorative art, affectionately named among the people "Chocolate House". If you look at the mansion from the side, you can involuntarily notice the amazing similarity of the color and texture of the facade of the building, with chocolate bars. The same color, the same texture.
Invented and embodied in reality such a miracle of history Vladimir Nikolaev, who in 1899 worked as the chief architect of the city of Kiev. A well-known philanthropist and merchant of the first guild of that time, Sergei Mogilevtsev bought a part of the general’s estate and commissioned Nikolaev to build the building. The order was not easy, but it turned out to be “on the shoulder” to the young architect.
The unusually talented and outstanding artist Nikolaev demonstrated all his ideas and thoughts on the design of the building and the interior. Yes, it was a bold experiment, risky, to many it seemed tasteless. At that time, no one could even imagine that it would be possible to combine modern, renaissance, gothic and baroque together. Now the building is a work of art and is an artistic value of the state.
Men's room - Russian roomRussian Hall
The area of the building is nine hundred square meters, it is two-story, square in shape. Walking through the halls of the house-museum you involuntarily stop looking at literally every decorative and monumental detail of the design of walls, columns, ceilings. You can not pass by wooden carved panels decorated with rich gilded stucco molding or window sills and windows with carvings. Do not take your eyes off the parquet floor, bright colored stained-glass windows, not to mention the marble stairs with wrought-iron railings. All this decoration creates a festive atmosphere.
White Hall - Rocco styleWhite Hall
There are several rooms in the Chocolate House. The biggest is considered White Hall, decorated in the Baroque style, which hosted receptions, music evenings and balls.
The second most important was Byzantine Hall or in other words, the main dining room, where the frame of garlands is represented by various fruits.
Women's Room - Moorish StyleMoorish Style RoomMoorish Room Ceiling
Small Moorish Hall decorated with gypsum carved panels, and next to it there is a room decorated in Art Nouveau style. The exposition completes the classic Empire style on the marble stairs of the house.
Initially, the facade of the house was painted in different tones: chocolate, coffee, with different saturation of depth and color to more clearly highlight the facade elements. This is already today it is painted in a plain chocolate color.
Art Nouveau room
But to our great regret, a lot of the fate fell on the share of the Chocolate House. After the revolution, his masters and functionality changed. The building was even transferred to the balance of the Department of Culture under the Wedding Palace. During this time, it was never repaired, the restoration began only in 1983. Finance at that time was not enough, and repairs were carried out in parts. During the collapse of the USSR, it was completely closed. And only in 2009, restoration work began on the facade and partly on the halls. The following year, the Chocolate House was opened to visitors.
Now there are three rooms (White, Novorussky and Art Nouveau) and a former smoking room. Soon there will open an art gallery and a school for children’s ethnic education.