The Architecture of Mihran Mesrobian

The Architecture of Mihran Mesrobian

One of Arlington’s most notable architects will be the subject of an illustrated lecture on Tuesday, October 14th. Caroline Mesrobian Hickman, Ph.D., a local art and architectural historian and granddaughter of architect Mihran Mesrobian, will talk about her grandfather’s work at 7:00 PM at the St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 4125 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington DC 20016. This free lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Mihran Mesrobian was a noted and prolific architect in Arlington and the greater Washington D.C. area in the early 20th century. Of Armenian descent and emigrating from Turkey in 1921, Mesrobian started his career in the United States working for legendary local real estate developer Harry Wardman. He became Wardman’s primary in-house architect and worked on such buildings as the St. Regis and Hay-Adams hotels as well as Wardman Tower (now part of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel) in Washington.

After Wardman’s bankruptcy, Mesrobian started his own firm in 1930 and completed fine Art Deco structures, such as the Calvert Manor apartments at 1925-1927 N. Calvert Street and Wakefield Manor apartments at 1215 N. Courthouse Rd. in Arlington.

Wakefield Manor Apartments, Arlington, 1930s, courtesy Arlington County Public Library
Wakefield Manor Apartments, Arlington, 1930s, courtesy Arlington County Public Library

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