Horodetsky House

Horodetsky House

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.

On the side of the Ivan Franko Theatre

On the side of the Ivan Franko Theatre

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.

House with chimeras

House with chimeras

The Horodetsky House was restored between 1998 and 2004. Some of its floors are used for ceremonial purposes by the President of Ukraine.

View down the city

View down the city

This architectural style is known as Chimaera decoration, in which animal figures are applied as decorative elements to a building.

Mermaid

Mermaid

Hunting trophies on the exterior walls

Hunting trophies on the exterior walls

External sculptural decorations

External sculptural decorations

External sculptural decorations

External sculptural decorations

House with chimaeras

House with chimaeras

House with chimaeras

House with chimaeras

Mermaid fragment

Mermaid fragment

Frogs of the House

Frogs of the House

Main entrence

Main entrence

Horodetsky House

Horodetsky House

Eagle on the roof

Eagle on the roof

Ornate decorations

Ornate decorations

Ornate decorations

Ornate decorations

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