The exterior walls of the mention bulge with concrete heads representing rhinos, giraffes, lions, crocodiles, antelope and other African animals; and a series of creatures sit on the rooftop. These whimsical ornamentations include giant toads, sea monsters and sea nymphs with chains instead of hair. Reminiscent of Gaudi’s Casa Milà, this house earned Gorodetsky the nickname of Gaudí of Kiev.
The House of Chimaeras or Gorodetsky House translates in Ukrainian into Budynok z khymeramy. Located on a hillside across the street from the Presidential office in the historic Lypky quarter, the six-story Art Nouveau building was built between 1901 and 1902 by architect V. Gorodetsky. The lavish apartment building does not derive its name from Greek mythology but from the architectural style characterized by a setting in which representations of animals are used as decorative elements of a building. Gorodetsky was an avid hunter and the mansion takes its name from the ornaments representing various exotic animals and hunting scenes created by sculptor Emilio Sala.