Built in the early 20th-century in the Art Nouveau style, the building’s Polish architect Władysław Horodecki has often been praised as the Antoni Gaudí of Kiev.
Between 1901 and 1903, Horodecki built Goredetsky House for his own personal use. It was designed in the Art Nouveau style - a relatively new concept at the time - and was one of the first cement houses to be built in Kiev.
The building derives its popular name - House with Chimaeras - from the ornate decorations of exotic animals and hunting scenes. The name does not refer to the chimaera of mythology, but to an architectural style known as chimaera decoration, in which animal figures are added to buildings for decoration. In this case, it was because of Horedecki’s passion for hunting.
Over the years the residence has changed hands many times, and it has been an official presidential residence since 2005. Much of the building’s fascination comes from its exterior, but for a look inside, the Kiev History Museum runs tours on Saturdays and Sundays.