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The wooden two-story building is located on Malaya Ordynka. Today it houses the writer’s museum.

Restoration of the House-Museum of A.N. Ostrovsky is scheduled to start this year. A two-storey wooden building in the style of classicism is located in the Zamoskvorechye district at the address: Malaya Ordynka street, 9/12, building 6. It was here that on April 12, 1823, the future famous writer and playwright Alexander Ostrovsky was born into the family of an official-lawyer. He lived in this house until 1826. Now there is a museum named after him.

The house was built in 1822. At the turn of the 1870s-1880s, it was rebuilt. As a result, a two-story wooden building on a brick foundation has survived to this day. The facades of the first floor are plastered and decorated with rustic stone (a special type of plaster imitating masonry). And the facades of the second floor are sheathed with boards. The lower windows are decorated with keystones, while the upper ones are framed with gold-colored trims.

In Soviet times, the building initially housed communal apartments. Then it was transferred to the State Central Theater Museum named after A.A. Bakhrushin. In 1984, the Museum of A.N. Ostrovsky.

“The Ostrovsky House-Museum on Malaya Ordynka is a typical example of a small wooden Moscow mansion of the 19th century. In the 1970s, large-scale restoration was carried out in it. The current restoration work will affect all the wooden elements of the building. The historic blockhouse will be sorted out and restored. In addition, experts will recreate windows and doors based on the surviving samples, tidy up the walls, floors and ceilings, ”said the head of the Moscow City Cultural Heritage Department.

Alexey Emelyanov

The restorers will also strengthen the brickwork of the foundation, and cover all wooden elements with an antiseptic. It will protect them from the negative effects of the environment. In addition, the plastering of the walls of the first floor will be restored.

Alexey Yemelyanov added that the Alexander Ostrovsky House-Museum is a cultural heritage site of federal significance. The building restoration project has been approved by the Moscow City Heritage Agency, and the work will be carried out under the supervision of the department’s specialists.

Alexander Ostrovsky (1823-1886) – Russian writer and playwright. He wrote comedies and socio-psychological dramas. His plays were successfully staged at the Maly Theater in Moscow and the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. During his life he wrote more than 50 works. Among his most famous works are the plays “The Thunderstorm”, “Our People – We Will Be Numbered”, “Poverty is Not a Vice”, “A Profitable Place”, “The Marriage of Balzaminov”. Ostrovsky died on June 14, 1886 in his Kostroma estate Shchelykovo. He was buried in the church cemetery near the church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in the village of Nikolo-Berezhki, Kostroma province.

The preservation and restoration of architectural monuments in Moscow is the most important direction in the work of the department. Many of them take on new life, they are adapted for modern use, while maintaining their historical appearance. Since 2011, more than 1,500 cultural heritage sites have been restored in the city, of which 117 – in 2020.

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