A New York City-based architect with a relatively small output, George Masumian (born June 14, 1912) was born in Brooklyn and designed primarily for the Brooklyn Catholic Diocese. He attended New York University and George Washington University and subsequently joined two partnerships, Mattern and York from 1945-48 and Mascolo and Masumian from 1949-1953 [1]. He and Mascolo were accused of making false statements in a lawsuit against a Federal housing official and, although acquitted, the partnership ended shortly afterward [2].

His work encompasses several complexes of church, school, convent and related building. His style tends to lean heavily on International style concepts with use of enamel paneled school buildings in various color and orange brick. His most prominent works are the Our Lady of Mercy complex in Hicksville and the Corpus Christi complex in Woodside, which received recognition from the Queens Chamber of Commerce in 1961.

Selected Projects

Alandale Homes (50 Dwellings), Freeport LI, 1950

P.S. 12, Jersey City NJ, 1953

P.S. 39, Jersey City NJ, 1955

Hudson Co. Administration Building, Jersey City NJ, 1956

Our Lady of Mercy RC School, Rectory, and Convent, Hicksville NY, 1957

Our Lady of Mercy Mission, Brooklyn NY, 1961

Corpus Christi RC Church Complex, Woodside NY, 1961

Masumian Residence, Hastings on Hudson NY, 1962

St. Frances Cabrini Church, School, and Convent, Brooklyn NY, 1966

Home for the Well-Aged, A. Holly Patterson Complex, Uniondale NY, 1966

  1. “George James Masumian” American Architects Directory, Third Edition, 1970. R. R. Bowker LLC.
  2. Special to The New York Times. “B. F. Kenny Acquitted: Federal Jury Finds He Did Not Lie to Housing Agency.” 10 June 1955. The New York Times.

Queens Modern: The Architects

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