The 19th-century main building in 1858.
From 1857-1862 Ekaterina Vyacheslavovna was a pupil of the Mariinsky Institute for Noble Maidens located in Nizhny Novgorod. From the mid-60s, she studied abroad: in the Sorbonne in the department of Celtic languages, then in Heidelberg. In 1875 she graduated from the library science courses at the University of Groningen.
Ekaterina Vyacheslavovna studied Celtic manuscripts in the archives of Dublin and Edinburgh. Translated pastor's diary (18th century). The songs of wandering singers were recorded in it, the text of which largely coincided with certain places of Ossianian poems. The assumption that, when creating poems, James Macpherson used genuine folk poetry texts and only in some cases gave vent to his own imagination, formed the basis of the work Balobanova - "The Poems of Ossian James Macpherson's. The study, translation, and notes by E. V. Balobanova." She also wrote children's poems.