Mehr News Agency, Iran
July 3 2005

Tomas Tomasian house to be added to National Heritage List


TEHRAN, July 3 (MNA) -- The house of Armenian merchant Tomas Tomasian
has been registered on the National Heritage List, a Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization official announced here on Sunday.

The mid 20th century building was inspired by the modern
architectural style and has two floors connected by a spiral
staircase, Mohsen Shaikh-ol-Eslam said.

The philanthropist merchant, who supported school construction during
his lifetime, donated his house to be converted to an art center for
the Armenian community of Iran after his death, he explained, adding,
`The house was given to the Mostazafan Foundation after his death,
and last year it was sold to a private owner.'

There is also a painting depicting a scene of a battle between the
Armenians and their enemies in the house.

Tomasian's house is located on Jomhuri St. in Tehran.