This painting gives an idea of how the place looked at the beginning of the 19th century. The shipyard was founded by Peter I the Great in 1704. In the 1730s the architect I.K. Korobov erected the stone buildings and the tower with the spire. The Admiralty at the time was a fortress and was surrounded by ramparts and canals. In 1806 the new building of the Admiralty was started by the project of the architect A.D. Zakharov. You may see the new building on the paintings of Fyodor Alekseev and Olga Ostroumova. Johann Georg Mayr. View of the Admiralty as Seen from the Embankment of Vasilievsky Island.