The Pensioners’ Stable
Close to the northern edge of the Alexander Park in the area of the former Menagerie stands the building of the Pensioners’ Stable.
In January 1826 Emperor Nicholas I gave orders that eight horses that had been ridden personally by his late brother Alexander I and were living out their days as “pensioners” in St Petersburg stables be brought to Tsarskoye Selo, where premises were to be provided for them.
The original intention was that a stable would be prepared for them at the Farm that summer, but due to the lack of space there in 1827–29 a separate building was constructed to the design of the architect Adam Menelaws. It was called the Pensioners’ Stable.
The two-storey building with a round stair-tower cum belvedere, two three-sided bay windows and a single-storey extension was made of brick in the English Gothic style. Below was a stable with eight stalls and a small harness room that with time came to be known as “the museum”. The upper storey contained quarters for the supervisor and grooms. The enclosed yard held wooden outbuildings that have not survived. Part of the clover meadow to the west of the stable building was turned into pasture for the horses.
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