While the current reconstructed version of Hostynny Dvir is standing only since the 1971-1990 period, its history dates back much further. This lithography made from Nikolai Sazhyn’s watercolor depicts old Hostynny Dvir with a market inside it at the end of the 1840s. (Vladyslava Osmak’s family archive)
Valentyna Shevchenko, an architect who headed that Soviet construction argues that the modern building of Hostynny Dvir was constructed on the place of the old one and was built according to the 1809 project by Italian architect Luigi Rusca in Neoclassical style. Therefore, it should be a monument protected by the state, she said.
Shevchenko is also against the reconstruction project that was presented recently by Kyiv city council deputy and architect Andriy Myrhorodsky. According to this plan, the basement of the two-story building will be significantly strengthened to withstand vibrations of the subway which passes under it. The external galleries will be covered by glass, the attic will be turned into a third floor with windows looking in the yard, a central gate will be added and the courtyard will be covered by a glass roof.