Manoug Exerjian

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Manoug Exerjian
Born 1888
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died November 1974 (aged 86)
Manhasset, New York, U.S.
Nationality Armenian-American
Known for Architect

Manoug Exerjian (1888 – November 1974) was a Nassau County, New York architect, who came to Great Neck, New York, in 1923.


A native of Istanbul, he graduated from the Royal School of Architecture in Istanbul in 1914. He designed the Manhasset, New York Medical Center and hospital.[1]

He came to prominence after winning first prize, $750, in a competition for best design of a Broadway (Manhattan) block front. Specifically, the contest featured hypothetical drawings of the east side of Times Square, between 44th Street and 45th Street. Exerjian resided at 147 East 33rd Street (Manhattan) when his plan was victorious in December 1933.[2]

Career as designer[edit]

Exerjian owned and designed four houses located at Cannon Place, near 288th Street, the Bronx, in 1927.[3] He owned several plots of land on lower Lexington Avenue (Manhattan), which were purchased from him in February 1929.[4]

In March 1934 Exerjian advised that $25,000,000 in allocated United States Federal Government funds, be used to make alterations in existing dwellings in the Lower East Side. He stressed that the same sum of money, when used to build several blocks of new housing, would perpetuate the existence of slums much longer. This would occur because private capital would not be capable of competing profitably with tax exempt housing. [5]

Exergian designed a group of three apartment houses on Queens Boulevard between 66th Avenue and 67th Drive, in Forest Hills, New York. Designed in the six story garden style, in 1937, the three apartment units covered a block measuring 600 feet. 212 apartments and 14 stores were planned for the area.[6]

As president of Houses For Modern Living, Inc., Exerjian built and sold 24 lots, three blocks from the Eighth Avenue subway, in November 1940. The development was on the south side of Austin Street, east of Yellowstone Boulevard, in Forest Hills. Earlier he built and sold several private homes in the area.[7]


Exerjian died in November 1974 at the age of 86 in his home at 18 Bonnie Heights Road, Manhasset.[1]



  1. ^ a b Manoug Exerjian, New York Times, November 6, 1974, pg. 78.
  2. ^ Real Estate Transaction 1-No Title, New York Times, December 24, 1933, pg. RE1.
  3. ^ Bronx House Leased With Option, New York Times, November 19, 1927, pg. 31.
  4. ^ Bishop Estate Sells Sixth Avenue Plot, New York Times, February 5, 1929, pg. 57.
  5. ^ Fatal Fires Show Old Slum Hazards, New York Times, March 4, 1934, pg. RE1.
  6. ^ Plan Queens Apartments, New York Times, December 12, 1937, pg 228.
  7. ^ Builder To Erect Houses In Queens, New York Times, November 4, 1940, pg. 35.
  8. ^ Bronx House Leased With Option, New York Times, November 19, 1927, pg. 31.