Mixing, the connection of dissimilar styles, ideas and views — all this was harmoniously embodied in this building, which became known as the "Chocolate House" because of its brown colour and appearance, which resembles the chocolate bar.
The house was built in 1901 and is the former mansion of a famous merchant and patron of art Simeon Mogilevtsev. Thanks to him, in Kiev in his time were built many schools, hospitals and even water supply system for sitizens. The two-storey building with large basement and a mansard over the extension decorated in the style of the Italian Renaissance. The appearance of the building has been preserved almost in its original form.
In the interior of the mansion and its decor alternating motifs of almost all historic styles, which gave names to each of the rooms: the Moorish, Renaissance, Nouveau, Rococo, Byzantine and French.
Since January 2010 Chocolate House opened its doors to residents and guests of the capital in the status of "Children's art gallery" — a branch of the Kiev national Museum of Russian art. Since 2013 the name was changed to "Art center Chocolate House". Currently it hosts art exhibitions, classical music concerts, children's events, lectures on art history for children and adults, tours of the mansion and other cultural activities.