Includes commercial and residential architectural drawings and plans created by Luther Eskijian, an Armenian architect, whose
work is located primarily in southern California. His work included the Pasadena Jewish Community Center and the Armenian
Cilicia Evangelical Church in Pasadena.
Luther Eskijian was born on November 1, 1913, in a small village named Ekiz-Oluk in the mountains of Syria where his father,
Reverend Hovhannes Eskijian was called to his first ministry. His father was killed in 1916. In 1920, Luther emigrated to
the U.S. with his widowed mother and his brother John through Ellis Island.
As a young man struggling to help support his family he cleaned and repaired rugs. Luther eventually established himself in
business and obtained an education as an architect. While still in Junior College, Luther designed the early Cilicia Armenian
Church in Pasadena, California at no charge to the community (it is still standing). At the age of 24 he designed and built
a commercial and apartment building in Pasadena, that was later a source of retirement income for himself and his wife. He
had several other investments and development projects underway when World War II began.
When the U.S. began taking a role in the war, a restriction on steel was imposed in the U.S. and his development projects
were interrupted. Luther was then drafted into the U.S. armed forces and served from October 1942 to January 1946. He married
his fiancée, Anne Hotzakorgian, in November of 1943 at the base chapel of Camp Monroe, North Carolina prior to being shipped
In retirement, Mr. Eskijian spent many years in the planning and construction of an outstanding edifice of ancient Armenian
architecture, a Sanctuary and Museum, in Los Angeles. The sanctuary is unusual in that it used modern materials, but incorporated
ancient designs, with beamed ceilings, a central copula with an ancient Armenian gold cross on top, stained glass windows
of Biblical scenes, natural split face blocks and marble altar. The lower floor of the sanctuary contains the Ararat-Eskijian
Museum, which houses many historical Armenian artifacts from before the time of Christ, along with European and Middle Eastern
artifacts, handcrafts of the Armenian people, art and sculpture. The collection includes an outstanding sculpture outside
the Museum conceived by Mr. Eskijian called "Mother Armenia Arising out of the Ashes," dedicated to both those who survived
and perished in the Armenian Genocide of 1915. His work has been featured in Masonry Magazine, and became a study for college
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