The estate on the corner of Prechistenka street and Sechenovskiy lane has a very complex form, as it was formed as a result of the unification of smaller areas for three centuries.
In 1772-1773, Major-General Mikhail Nikitich Krechetnikov bought up adjacent yards from the side of Prechistenka street and built a city estate, consisting of a main house and two annexes. Two horseshoe-shaped stone pavilions has limited the front yard of the manor. Princess E.A. Dolgorukova bought the estate after Krechetnikov’s death, and until the 1840's it has belonged to her son, Prince A. N. Dolgorukov. His three sons are well known: Senior Ilya Andreevich was a member of the early Decembrist societies and is mentioned in the verses of A.S. Pushkin as a "cautious Illya." The middle son Vasily was the head of the III Division of the Imperial Chancellery, from where he left after the assassination attempt of Alexander II by Karakozov , believing that he had not coped with his duties of securing the protection of the sovereign. The youngest Vladimir served as Moscow Governor-General from 1865 to 1891.
Within the period from 1797 to 1799 the galleries were built above the gateway between the main house and the annexes, that led to the creation of a single extension. The drawings of the renovated building were included in the famous "Architectural albums" by M.F. Kazakov. The fire of 1812 did not spare the mansion. Researchers believe that the restoration was carried out by architect F.I. Camporesi. It is partly proven by the text of the contract record of 1816 for the manufacture of new staircases and doors, where it is said: "... all the buildings should be erected and the doors made according to the order of the architect Camporesi upon the drawing given by him." By 1816 the restoration work was mostly completed. Part of the premises on the ground floor of the main house and service rooms were rented to small workshops and shops.
In 1846 the estate was purchased by official I.V. Lavrentyev, who also buys a neighboring area and leases everything that can be rented. The main house is occupied by the 1st Moscow Gymnasium and the School of Land Surveyors afterwards.
In the middle of the 1850s the estate was almost entirely handed to second lieutenant N.P. Voyeikov, who handed over the house to the Alexandro-Mariinsky School of the Prechistensky Department of the Trusteeship for the Poor in Moscow, founded by V.E. Chertova. Muscovites immediately aptly nicknamed the institution "devil's school (“chert” – devil). Soon the estate passes into the ownership of the school, repairs are carried out, the main house is redeveloped and the house church of the Intercession of the Virgin is arranged.
In the 1870s the layout of the property was subjected to some reconstruction, in particular, the school garden was rearranged in a new way, for which the florist Fomin was awarded a gold medal. The old semicircular body of services was built up to two, and partly up to three floors.
Further alterations follow one after another, architects N.I. Finisov, A.O. Gunst, N.D. Strukov consistently built and rebuilt something. In 1899 the school was transformed into the Alexander-Mariinsky Institute of Cavalry Lady V.E. Chertova and underwent to the military department. The Institute, which was located here until 1917, was intended for the education of the daughters of officers of the Moscow Military District. The patroness was the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. The following education was given: tutors of primary schools and home educators who passed the general course of study; teachers – who passed the full course of training.
At the beginning of the 20 century significant changes caused by the need for the institute to expand the area and poor condition of many buildings has occurred in the property: two three-storied buildings designed by architect N.D. Strukov were added to the main house.
In the Soviet era the former possession of the institute was occupied by the institutions of the military department. Before the Academy of the Red Army has moved here in 1921, the building underwent another re-planning and repair.
In 1998-2000 the main house was restored and since March 2001 the Museum-Exhibition Complex of the Russian Academy of Arts named "Zurab Tsereteli’s Art Gallery" has been operating here.