The palace is the monument of the XIX century architecture in St. Petersburg. It is located on the corner Fontanka River Naberezhnaya, house 21 and Italyansaya ulitsa, house 39. The building is very typical of the era of architectural eclecticism (a combination of elements of late Classicism and Neo-Renaissance styles)
The left part of the existing building was constructed in the 1780s in Neoclassical style (unknown architect) for Count I.I. Vorontsov. In 1799, the house was acquired by Oberjegermeister D.L. Naryshkin (his wife later became a favourite of Emperor Alexander I). In 1821-22 a wing was attached to the right of the building. There were arranged a ball room decorated with white Corinthian columns and painted plafond (painter I.K. Scotti), a picture-gallery and a museum. Balls and concerts at the Naryshkins' were attended by the members of Imperial family and many famous writers.
After the owner's death, the palace passed on to his nephew L. Naryshkin, and in the 1840s to the daughter of the latter - Countess S.L. Shuvalova. In 1844-1849, architect B. Simon remodelled the entrance hall, the front staircase, the Knights' Hall and sitting rooms in the Eclectic style and adorned them with plasters, carved and polished panels. At the same time architect N.E. Efimov united two parts of the building with the help of a common facade, designed in the Renaissance style. In 1900, Count Pavel P. Shuvalov inherited the palace, then his widow - Countess E.V. Shuvalova.
In 1919-25, the palace housed the Museum of Everyday Life (West European paintings and Works of decorative applied art were exhibited); in 1927-29, it was the House of Press; in the early 1930s - the House of Technology; then the Molotov House of Engineers and Technicians; in the late 1930s, a planning organisation was located in the premises. In autumn of 1941 the decor of the columned hall was destroyed by a fire, caused by bombing (by 1950, it had been restored). Following interior restoration carried out in 1963-65 (architect M.M. Plotnikov), it became the Dom Druzhby (House of Friendship and Peace with Peoples of Foreign Countries) was opened within the precincts of the palace.
Faberge Museum was opened in the palace in 2013.