Written, under the order of Prince Odoievsky-Maslov, Chief of Administration of the Imperial Court in Moscow, by S. de Bartenev

The Outer Hall is square, painted blue, with ornamentation in white plaster.  Opposite the door, a painting by the artist Ilya Repin, "Emperor Alexander III Receiving a Peasant Deputation in the Petrovsky Palace".  Next a window a green wavy jasper mantelpiece of Kolyvan manufacture.  On the mantle, an old French Empire style clock, with the figure of Apollo in a chariot, the movement by Maniere of Paris. The clock is accompanied by two candleabras in the same style.

Through a gilded door, with rich ornamentation, one enters the St. George Hall.