By Wally Sarkeesian
Lee Brand, the Mayor of Fresno Today we officially opened the William Saroyan House Museum. A great way to celebrate what would have been Saroyan’s 110th birthday at the house where he spent the final years of his life. This museum house will preserve the history and legacy of William Saroyan for future generations.
The grand opening of the house-museum welcomed City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, founder of Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual foundation Artur Janibekyan and Fresno Mayor Lee Brand. Soria said Saroyan grew up in what is now downtown Fresno because of a city law that blocked immigrants from owning or living in certain areas.
Saroyan purchased the house 17 years before he died of cancer at Veterans Hospital.
The Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual Foundation, based in Armenia, purchased the house in 2015 and renovated it. Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria and Fresno Mayor Lee Brand were in attendance for the grand opening. The museum is in Soria’s district, Fresno Bee reported.
Armenia’s Ambassador to the United States Grigor Hovhannisyan was also in attendance for the inauguration.
The architect from the project Meroujan Minssian told Wally Sarkeesian Gagrule.net they wanted to design a museum that kids of all ages would like,
Meroujan Minssian said “Hologram is usually something that is fun for kids to see an actual character in actual space so that’s why we came up with the hologram thing,
William Saroyan (1908 – 1981), was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright.
The House-Museum is located at 2729 W. Griffith Way.
The museum will opens its doors to the general public in mid-September and will operate every day, except Monday, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.