At this address in the years 1759-1761 a three-storey mansion was built for General A.N. Vilboa. The building became the property of Prince A. M. Golitsyn in 1766. At the end of the 18th century, his widow rented a house to French emigrant Lyon; he arranged masquerades and concerts here. In 1799 the building passed to the millionaire merchant M.S. Kusovnikov.
Since the beginning of the 19th century, concerts of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society were held here. From 1823 to 1828, the bookshop of I. V. Slyonin was located on the ground floor, where Pushkin, Zhukovsky, Krylov, Delvig, Vyazemsky, Gnedich, and Ryleev were.
The house belonged to O. M. Engelhardt, daughter of the merchant Kusovnikov, when from 1829 to 1832 it was rebuilt by the architect P. P. Jaco in the forms of late classicism. The building became four-storied, at the level of the third and fourth floors the central part of the facade is marked by a portico. Among the new premises, the concert hall with excellent acoustics stood out. Colonel V. V. Engelhardt, the husband of the hostess, continued by tradition to arrange musical evenings. In the 19th century, commercial balls spread in Russia. Masquerades were often held in this house in the 1830s (before banning private balls). It is on such a ball that the action of Lermontov’s ‘Masquerade’ takes place.
Engelhardt held the evening of the Noble and Small Burgher meetings. In the Philharmonic Hall were Berlioz, Wagner, Strauss, Liszt, Schumann, Glinka, Rubinshtein and Polina Viardo.
In the 1845-1850s, the bookstore of A.F. Smirdin was located on the first floor.
In 1859, the building housed the Merchant Club; then - Accounting and loan bank.
In the early 1880s after the restructuring of the building a bank vault was built in the courtyard (architects Berngard and Alish). In 1895-1896, the bank premises were reconstructed (architect Benois).