Early 20th century view of the Ipatiev House, Ekaterinburg
This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017
The Head of the Department of Archives of the Sverdlovsk Region Alexander Kapustin, has proposed a reconstruction of the Ipatiev House as a monument to the fate of Russia's last emperor Nicholas II and his family.
Kaputsin made the announcement on September 19th, during the opening of the exhibition Ipatiev House: From Destruction to Repentance, in the Tsar Spiritual and Enlightenment Center in Ekaterinburg.
Kaputsin noted that all the original drawings and photographs of the destroyed facade and interiors of the house have been preserved in the archives.
He also noted that during the demolition of the building in September 1977, measurements of the building and its rooms were taken, and preserved in the archives. A reconstruction would be an exact copy of the original. The new Ipatiev House would house a museum dedicated to the final days of the Imperial family during their house arrest, and the events leading up to their murders on the night of 16/17 July 1918. The museum would also offer temporary exhibits dedicated to the events of Russia’s national history.
Metropolitan of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kirill noted that the “destruction of the Ipatiev House became a symbol of the destruction of all Russian history.”
From a historical perspective, it is an interesting proposal. Where exactly would the new Ipatiev House be located is still unknown. The Diocese promised to clarify this at a later date.
The Ekaterinburg news agency 66.RU polled its readers with the following question:
"Is it necessary to reconstruct the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg again?"
88% - NO / 12% -YES
September 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of the demolition of the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg.
The proposal to demolish the house was made by KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov in August 1975, however it was not until two years later that the Politburo in Moscow ordered its destruction. They passed the dirty deed to Boris Yeltsin, who served as chairman of the local party. The destruction of the building took two days.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 20 September, 2017