Staszic Palace after conversion into a Russian gymnasium and St. Tatiana the Roman Orthodox Church
The 1st Men’s Gymnasium, known as the “Russian” Gymnasium, located in the building of the former Society, was officially established in 1865, converting a room on the 2nd floor into a house orthodox church devoted to St. Cyril and Methodius. However, the room proved too small, and the church was moved to the first floor in 1877. In the 1890s, upon the initiative of Alexander Apukhtin, superintendent of the Warsaw school district, a plan was drafted to transform the building in Byzantine-Ruthenian style and erect a church of St. Tatiana the Roman. To this end, the former meeting hall of the Society was transformed into a church interior and richly furnished, and the reconstruction of the palace, according to the design of Vladimir Pokrovsky, began in 1893. The interior layout and appearance of the building were completely changed, the exterior façade was replaced by a majolica church façade, and a gilded dome with ten bells was erected on the bell tower. The church was consecrated in 1899.