Ladies of Vienna
The palace was constructed in 1784 by Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg in a Neoclassical style. The interior rooms are richly gilded and decorated with stucco, crystal chandeliers and mirrors. The elaborately-inlaid parquet floors are made out of expensive woods.
Originally, the façade was neo-Classicist and must have matched well with the wings of the Hofburg that it faced. The Viennese aristocracy with its keen desire for pomposity was nevertheless unsatisfied with it and Palais Pallavicini was seriously criticised for its looks.
As a result, the landlord hired another architect called Franz Anton Zauner to add a massive gate in a Baroque tradition. In its original shape, Palais Pallavicini had been the first purely neo-Classicist façade of Vienna.
The Palais Pallavicini is still family-owned, and the historic rooms have been restored. The palace can be rented for special occasions, including conferences, concerts, wedding receptions and other events.