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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

A reason to join the Art Deco Society of Washington: this Saturday's tour of the Mihran Mesrobian residence in Chevy Chase Maryland

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Art Deco Society of Washington - Mihran Mesrobian Residence in Chevy Chase, Maryland October 12, 2019

by Matthew Gilmore

Join ADSW for this Opportunity to see the Home of One of Washington's Great 20th Century Architects: The Mihran Mesrobian Residence in Chevy Chase, Maryland


When: Saturday, October 12th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Among many notable area buildings, Mihran Mesrobian designed Sedgwick Gardens, the DuPont Circle Building, the Wardman Park Tower and the St. Regis and Hay-Adams Hotels. Mesrobian was an immensely talented architect who left an indelibly positive mark on his adopted home of Washington DC. This is an opportunity to experience the unique home he designed for himself and his family in the late 1930's.

An ethnic Armenian, Mesrobian had a successful career in Ottoman Turkey before immigrating to the States with his family in the early 1920s . He quickly became the chief designer for prolific developer Harry Wardman, while also maintaining his own firm.

The house at first glance blends in with the other traditionally-inspired homes of the area. Closer examination reveals interesting design features emblematic of Mesrobian's uniquely eclectic style, including his own interpretations of historical precedents as well as elegant Art Deco stylization.

ADSW member and architectural historian Caroline Mesrobian Hickman has graciously agreed to open the house for a tour as well as provide a brief talk on her grandfather's work, which she has been studying extensively in preparation for an upcoming book.

Space is limited and the tour will be open to Art Deco Society members only. Light refreshments will be provided. Specific directions for arrival, parking and address for the Chevy Chase House will be provided after registering.

We hope you can join us!

Cost is $10 pp (ADSW members only)


When: Saturday, October 12th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Among many notable area buildings, Mihran Mesrobian designed Sedgwick Gardens, the DuPont Circle Building, the Wardman Park Tower and the St. Regis and Hay-Adams Hotels. Mesrobian was an immensely talented architect who left an indelibly positive mark on his adopted home of Washington DC. This is an opportunity to experience the unique home he designed for himself and his family in the late 1930's.

An ethnic Armenian, Mesrobian had a successful career in Ottoman Turkey before immigrating to the States with his family in the early 1920s . He quickly became the chief designer for prolific developer Harry Wardman, while also maintaining his own firm.

The house at first glance blends in with the other traditionally-inspired homes of the area. Closer examination reveals interesting design features emblematic of Mesrobian's uniquely eclectic style, including his own interpretations of historical precedents as well as elegant Art Deco stylization.

ADSW member and architectural historian Caroline Mesrobian Hickman has graciously agreed to open the house for a tour as well as provide a brief talk on her grandfather's work, which she has been studying extensively in preparation for an upcoming book.

Space is limited and the tour will be open to Art Deco Society members only. Light refreshments will be provided. Specific directions for arrival, parking and address for the Chevy Chase House will be provided after registering.

We hope you can join us!

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