Ground has officially been broken for AGBU’s new Yerevan headquarters, which will no doubt be the city’s central hub for many exciting cultural and youth programs.
On Friday, April 13, 2012, on the main floor of what will soon be a 6-story building, a distinguished crowd gathered for a special blessing ceremony to celebrate the milestone. The service, led by His Grace Bishop Hovnan Hakobyan, Grand Sacristan of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, was attended by Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Central Board member; Hovig Eordekian, AGBU Armenian Representation Interim Director; Simon Ter-Simonyan, Head of the Armenian government’s Committee for Coordinating Humanitarian Projects, as well as AGBU Armenia staff, AGBU Yerevan Scouts, and several local members. They all listened eagerly while Yacoubian described the environmentally–friendly facilities that they will be able to enjoy once construction is complete next year, including fully equipped offices, conference rooms, exhibition halls and an underground parking garage. As he detailed, while the expansive space of over 6,000 square meters will be completely modern, the building will have a historical façade and many architectural details that will give it that distinct, “Old Yerevan” feel.
Before the ceremony wrapped up, Yacoubian buried a time capsule under the building’s foundation to mark the occasion. Inside, a document read, “On this 13th day of April, 2012, during the presidency of Berge Setrakian, the blessing ceremony of the Armenian General Benevolent Union’s new office building took place in the Capital by the hand of His Grace Bishop Hovnan Hakobyan, Grant Sacristan of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.” It is there, at the building’s Melik-Adamian Street address, where it will remain for years to come, as generations of AGBU members take advantage of all the beautiful site will have to offer.