Here I am standing on the steps of the Hai Getron. It shows its age, but I still find it remarkable that the outside is still in good shape.
This exit is to the left of the stage. The stairs go up to the church area.
Great crown molding, still intact.
The basement. Now one of the few rooms that have been renovated, the use is still the same! A gathering room and it is rented out for smaller parties.
Inside front entrance (lobby) into the building.
Photo of the stage where the Armenian altar once occupied.
A closer look at the craftsmanship of the molding on the stage.
Projection room on opposite wall of the floor where church services once took place.
Sink on the left side of the stage.
Front of the stage used for the altar. The chairs on stage were all pulled out and stored in various places.
The Hai Getron…
On the corner of Waterman and Lafayette – photo shot is on Waterman. Where I was standing, the building was on left, across the street.
Beard Elementary school on Waterman. This photo was taken from the back of the Findlater. A popular school for the Armenians in that neighborhood.
One summer I had a job at the Getron and I recaulked all the windows, painted that wrought iron fence black and there used to be a metal green and white colored awning the went from the front door down the steps and out to the side walk entrance that looks like it has been removed. I painted that awning also.
I remember all the elder gentlemen in the coffee house (soorjaran) playing cards, smoking, reading the Armenian newspapers. It was awesome.
There used to be an Armenian museum housed up on the top floor that had many relics. I wonder what happed to all those objects???
I remember many dinners, fund raisers and dances in the upper hall. Also, remember smaller hantes’ listening to the Gerjekian band in the downstairs hall. I have a picture of me as a very young boy sitting on the stage in front of “Sissy” Paul on the drums and Yervant Gerjekian playing clarinet. These were often after a fund raiser by the Keghetzi’s that my father spoke at.
A great walk down memory lane. Amazing how well the building looks both exterior and interior.
Keep up the great work!
ara, my grandfather grew up on waterman half a block north of lafayette. when he first got married they lived in the same house with his parents, so my oldest aunt went to beard, and my dad lived in that house as a baby. their house is still there with the name “ONNEG” (my great grandfather) carved in stone on the house, very visible from the street. its on the right side of waterman heading north. the “sink” on the left side of the stage in the findlater looks like it’s the niche where the chalice for holy communion is kept until the deacon brings it to the central altar.