Located on 10 Bankova Street across the road from the Presidential Administration Offices in Kyiv, the House with Chimaeras, also known as Horodetsky House was built in the period of 1901–1902 by noted architector Vladyslav Horodetsky, who was regarded as the Gaudi of Kiev. It is the most notable example of Art Nouveau in Ukraine and the Ukrainian capital’s first “roofless” house.
The House with Chimeras was the first building to be constructed from cement. Vladislav Gorodetsky had shares in a cement factory and saw the building of the House with Chimeras as an opportunity to advertise the strength of his product. The cubic building has three floors on Bankova Street and six on the side of the Ivan Franko Theatre.
The Horodetsky House was restored between 1998 and 2004. Some of its floors are used for ceremonial purposes by the President of Ukraine.
This architectural style is known as Chimaera decoration, in which animal figures are applied as decorative elements to a building.