Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
1 Voznesensky Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Russia 190000
St. Petersburg, Russia – October 12, 2012
Four Seasons Enters the Last Lap of Its Most Challenging Restoration Project to Date. Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg set to open in 2013.
“It is always difficult, to confirm
an exact opening date on a restoration project of this scale and complexity. This project has already been nearly ten years in the making, but
we are currently preparing for a spring opening with great confidence. Anyone who has followed what was achieved in
Florence or Budapest will appreciate that, with
The building is located in the heart of the city and has an impressive yellow façade with huge classical white columns and a blue-green rooftop – all of which combine to make it the epitome of St. Petersburg elegance. Before the restoration work could start, the development team produced a more than 1,000 page Historical Note document covering all aspects of the proposed works for submission to the St. Petersburg heritage authorities. As an example of the essential attention to detail, the existing exterior painted surfaces were studied by experts who discovered that the building had more than forty remaining layers of paint. Consequently the process of choosing the most authentic colour was far from straightforward.
The Hotel’s main entrance is guarded by two magnificent white marble lions that have been immortalized in Alexander Pushkin’s 1833 poem The Bronze Horseman. The restoration team are obviously keen to preserve and protect this venerable pair who have now survived nearly two centuries of St. Petersburg’s eventful history. During the Siege of Leningrad (as the city was then known) in the Second World War, they remained bravely at their posts and despite the remorseless shelling that the city suffered thanks to some strategically-placed wooden boards. The female sculpted figures also have been restored and sit atop the Hotel’s terraces. Often wrongly assumed to be angels, they are in fact muses (as angels were reserved for churches in Russia) and bear the coat of arms of the Russian Empire.
The Hotel has an impressive main stairway dressed in marble with elaborate mouldings and gold and bronze decoration, all of which has been restored to the original 1820s drawings of Auguste de Monteferrand with Reardon Smith Architects and interior designer Cheryl Rowley leading the restoration and conversion.
Located in the historic
Admiralteysky district – just two blocks from the Hermitage Museum and close to
Nevsky Prospekt and the Mariinsky Theatre – the Hotel will immediately be positioned
among Russia’s finest hotels.
The Lion Palace joins a collection
of unique and architecturally important heritage hotels in Europe whose origins
range from the fifteenth to the early twentieth centuries. These now include
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