Ostankino is a former estate of the Counts Sheremetev. It is anarchitectural and artistic ensemble of the late 18th century. Pyotr Sheremetev who was then busy building Kuskovo paid little attention to Ostankino.It was only in 1790 that his son, Count Nikolai Sheremetev, an exceedingly wealthy man, a lover of theatre and owner of superb company of serf actors, decided to built a palace - theatre at his estate. He invited a number of outstanding architects such as Francesco Camporesi, Giacomo Quarenghi and others to design the palace. However he was not satisfied with the design proposed by them and commissioned his own serf architects Alexei Mironov, Pavel Argunov and Grigory Dikushin to do it.