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7 September 2010

Find the Saint Sarkis Armenian Church

Built in 1922-3, and paid for by Armenian businessman and philanthropist Calouste Gulbenkian, the Saint Sarkis Armenian Church, was designed by Mewés and Davis but, and modelled on a bell-tower in Haghpat Monastery in Armenia.

It is located in Iverna Gardens, in Kensington, just a short distance from Kensington High Street, and apparently when Gulbenkian decided to fund it he was living in Paris but chose Mewés and Davis because he also maintained a permanent suite at the Ritz Hotel, which was also designed by Mewés and Davis, and he admired their Beaux-Arts approach to architecture.

For more, see http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50334#s4

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