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Mihran Mesrobian

 
 
Mihran Mesrobian Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2015
1. Mihran Mesrobian Marker
Inscription. Woodley Park’s most prolific architect, Mihran Mesrobian (1889-1975) started his career as a palace architect in Constantinople during the twilight of the Turkish sultans. The Turkish-born Beaux-Arts trained Armenian worked on the restoration of thirty palaces, including the famed Dolmabahce in Istanbul. Drafted into the Turkish army during World War I, he participated in the Dardanelles-Gallipoli campaign against the British, serving directly under Mustafa Kemal Pasha (Ataturk), considered the founder of modern Turkey. A prisoner of war in Egypt, Mesrobian credited Lawrence of Arabia - T.E. Lawrence - with saving his life.

In 1921, he emigrated to the United States and became chief designer for Washington’s premier real estate developer, British-born Harry Wardman, just as Wardman was developing large tracts of Woodley Park. Mesrobian was the architect of several majestic apartment buildings that have long defined Woodley Park, including a section of the Cathedral Mansions complex (1922-1924), the Wardman Tower (1928), and the Devonshire/Cortland Streets Apartments (1936). He also designed about two-thirds of the houses in the northern part of the community in subdivisions Wardman named English Village and Woodley Park. Wardman’s elegant 16th Street hotels - the Carlton (1926), now the St. Regis, and the Hay-Adams (1927)
Mihran Mesrobian (left) and Harry Wardman image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2015
2. Mihran Mesrobian (left) and Harry Wardman
Close-up of photo on marker
- were also designed by Mesrobian.

The Woodley Park call boxes were developed by the Woodley Park Community Association as part of Art on Call, a program of Cultural Tourism DC with support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and the District Department of Transportation. Local support for this call box was provided by the Woodley Park Community Association and Shapiro & Company LLC.
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Location. 38° 55.79′ N, 77° 3.481′ W. Marker is in Woodley Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Cortland Place near 29th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Woodley to Woodley Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Long & Winding Woodley Road (about 700 feet away); Woodley Estate (about 700 feet away); Redwood (about 800 feet away); Black and Gray Squirrels (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodley Road Neighbors (approx. ¼ mile away); Roma Restaurant (approx. ¼ mile away); Harry Wardman (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Woodley Park.
 
Also see . . .
Mihran Mesrobian Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2015
3. Mihran Mesrobian Marker

1. Mihran Mesrobian Call Box. The Armenicana Project. (Submitted on August 21, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Mihran Mesrobian. Wikipedia (Submitted on August 21, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Mihran Mesrobian image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
4. Mihran Mesrobian
A self-portrait drawing of Mihran Mesrobian while serving the Ottoman army.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 22, 2016.
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