Nabokov's memory has served him well. The Rozhdestveno estate is still there, perched on its escarpment above the St Petersburg-Luga highway and the Oredezh river, about fifty kilometres south of St Petersburg. It was the only house Nabokov was ever to own, and he lost it a year later in the Revolution. It was designed by the celebrated architect Francesco Rastrelli (1700-1771), who was responsible for many of St Petersburg finest monuments, including the Winter Palace, and the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoyoe Selo just outside the city.
The estate was near his mother's at Vyra (lovingly described in Nabokov's first novel of 1926, Mashenka or Mary), and his grandmother's at Batovo, which burned down in 1925. Vyra was destroyed in WWII although some parts of the estate, including a few trees, remain. The Rozhdestveno house became a state-run local history museum for a while, and then burnt down in 1995. (See Summary). It has since been restored and is now the Rozhdestveno Estate Museum. It can be visited on excursions organised by the Nabokov Museum in St Petersburg.