According to the 1915 directory “All of Moscow,” this address was once home to a pharmacy owned by two Germans – L. Fischer and V. Mai.
Above the pharmacy counter stands a collection of busts of great philosophers
of the past – Diderot, Seneca, Voltaire, Molière, Lomonosov, von Holbach, Socrates and Cicero. On the counter there’s an early typewriter manufactured in Hamburg; an English bouillotte shaped like a locomotive (a compact tea-kettle with a steam whistle, heated by a spirit burner below); one of the first hand-cranked sewing machines; a meat-grinder bearing the inscription “Patent” from the same period; and silver chocolate cups.
String quartet is playing for our guests in the Pharmacy hall every Sunday and Monday from 20 till 23 p.m.
The Fireplace Hall is cosy yet with a sense of ceremony. The ceiling is decorated with a painting depicting the flying figure of Nike – the winged goddess of victory.
These are Baroque-style halls, suggesting the study of an Enlightenment nobleman. Part of the hall is occupied by the Mezzanine, which overhangs the main hall. There are several wall cabinets, and great bookcases rise to the ceiling.
The antiquities in the hall are mostly optical instruments – two antique telescopes (German and English), theodolites, microscopes, an astrolabe, and a spyglass. In the corners there are old, English chiming wall-clocks. The centre of the hall is occupied by an old, floor-standing globe. On the bookshelves there is a collection of vintage carriage-clocks. A duo performs live music every evening except Sundays and Mondays.
You can admire the green trees of Tverskoy Boulevard from here, along with the gold onion-domes of the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin in Putinki, in the Old Embassy Courtyard (from the mid-C18th), as well as the Pushkin Statue on Pushkin Square that was put up by public donation.
You can take lunch or dinner on the welcoming and cosy terrace every day – it’s open from 1pm through until the last guest.