Johann Friedrich Braunstein
When the German architect Johann Friedrich Braunstein (dates unknown) came to St Petersburg in 1713, Russia’s new capital was rising on the Neva River. A draughtsman of the renowned German architect Andreas Schlüter, Braunstein carried on the architect’s business after Schlüter’s death. He primarily worked in Peterhof and on Kotlin Island (town of Kronstadt). In Tsarskoye Selo, he built for Catherine I a two-storey stone palace in a sober, restrained Petrine Baroque style, which resembled Peter I’s favorite Dutch vernacular. The palace had living quarters on its first and state rooms on the second floor, with a mid-size reception and assembly hall in its center. Braunstein returned to Germany in 1728.
Johann Firederich Braunstein