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Washington, DC - The Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial (AGMM)
announced today that its Building and Operations Committee signed
contracts with Washington area firms specializing in museum planning
and construction to begin the development and construction of a
stellar museum in the historic National Bank of Washington building
and adjacent properties.

AGMM selected two firms previously invited to submit proposals for
the site. The Committee awarded its phase one museum planning
contract to the prestigious firm of Gallagher & Associates,
www.gallagherdesign.com, which specializes in the planning, design
and management of innovative, informative, and immersive experiences
for museums, learning facilities and visitor centers. Based in the
Washington area, this premier museum planning firm has steered to
completion numerous projects ranging from exhibit and visitor centers
at Jamestown Settlement in Virginia and the Gettysburg National
Battlefield in Pennsylvania, to a multimedia re-creation of the 1969
Woodstock Music Festival in New York. Significantly, Gallagher &
Associates was also selected by the United States National Archives
to showcase its vast collection of historic documents in a new
permanent exhibit on the Washington Mall. The firm also designed the
Montreal Holocaust Museum and has commenced master planning for the
new Woodrow Wilson Presidential Museum. The Gallagher proposal for
AGMM was reviewed by leading scholars in the fields of Armenian and
genocide studies.

The Committee also awarded a phase one contract to the firm of
Martinez & Johnson Architecture, www.mjarchitecture.com, which is
recognized in Washington for its expertise in the design of complex,
multi-functional facilities, as well as the restoration of
architecturally significant buildings. Most recently the firm
renovated the Boston Opera House, regarded as a masterpiece of
American Baroque architecture. Among many other projects in the
District of Columbia, Martinez & Johnson renovated and converted the
landmark Gothic Revival structure known as the Alban Towers facing
the National Cathedral. The firm will be preparing plans for the
complete renovation and restoration of the onetime bank structure,
whose exterior and interior are designated as landmarks on the
National Register of Historic Buildings, as well as its conversion
into a public space for exhibit and community use.

The two firms also have a track record of cooperation on a number of
museum projects including the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
in Frederick, Maryland, and the National Music Center and Museum in
Washington, DC. Presently they are collaborating on The Artists Hall
of Honor and Museum of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center.

With their announcement the Committee thanked Hirair Hovnanian,
Chairman of AGMM, who has characteristically stepped up with
financial contributions to allow this phase of development to go
forward, and Anoush Mathevosian, who first proposed the idea of an
Armenian Genocide museum in Washington, for their continued
commitment to the project, which has reached a new stage towards the
goal of seeing a memorial museum in the United States become a

Van Z. Krikorian, in his capacity as chairman of the AGMM Committee,
which was fully authorized to proceed with all aspects of the
project's development and operation, added: "Despite reports that
this project might not get off the ground, I am delighted to inform
opponents that their expectations will not be met. The Committee,
Hirair Hovnanian, Anoush Mathevosian, the Armenian Assembly of
America, and all of our friends are resolved to build this center in
our nation's capital. Here the Armenian Genocide and its legacy will
be properly memorialized and explained through innovative exhibits
and a state-of-the-art museum facility. The future museum will be
located at an exceptional site in the heart of Washington, steps from
the White House, and will include special emphasis on the role of the
United States in genocide prevention and punishment."

Krikorian is joined on the AGMM Committee by Denise Darmanian, Esq.,
Edele Hovnanian, Richard Papalian and Zaven Tachdjian, all of whom
have brought their experience and strong commitment to the Armenian
community to work with the two outstanding firms that will plan,
design, and assemble the museum. The Committee also assigned Dr.
Rouben Adalian, Director of the Armenian National Institute (ANI), to
lead the exhibit planning and historical depiction process.

For more information, please contact the Armenian National Institute
at 202-383-9009.

Photo caption: Landmark Washington building, the former National Bank
of Washington site and future Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial.
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