The owners of the building at different times were Apraksins, a wife of a Duke Biron Evdokia Borisovna, a favourite of Empress Elizabeth Platon Zubov, a Minister of Internal Affairs V.P. Kochubei, Princes Dolgorukiy and Kurakin, Potyomkins. The last private owner of the mansion was a Prince Semyon Semyonovich Amabelek-Lazarev. The Prince bought this house after having been forced under the terms of his father's will to leave his house on Nevsky Prospect, 40 - the house passed into the possession of the Armenian Church. Part of the building, that has a view over the Moika River, built in 1907-1909 by a project of E.S.Vorotilov, was thoroughly reconstructed by architect. I.A. Fomin in 1912.
Houses on the Moika River embankment and Millionnaya street are separated by a cramped backyard, on which faces a large window of the room, where Mr.Holmes and Watson were waiting for the Colonel Valentine.