The Kikin Hall (Кикины палаты) is one of the oldest buildings in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The diminutive residence was commissioned by Alexander Kikin in 1714. The name of the architect is unknown, but similarities to the old Peterhof palace abound, suggesting an attribution to Andreas Schlüter.
The palace was incomplete at the time of Alexander Kikin's disgrace and execution in 1718. The building was confiscated by the crown and used to house the royal library and the cabinet of curiosities of the Academy of Sciences (later transferred to the Kunstkammer Building). The original two-storey residence was expanded and the third storey was added at some point in the 1720s.[not in citation given]
After 1733 the building was occupied by the office of the Horse Guards and their hospital. It was completely remodeled in 1829, and its Baroque decor was removed.[not in citation given] The dilapidated building was further damaged by aerial bombs in the 1940s.
It was Irina Benois, from the famous Benois family, who restored the building to its presumed Petrine Baroque appearance in a campaign lasting from 1952 to 1956. The Kikin Palace currently houses a music school.
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- (in Russian) The site of the Kikin Palace