Armenians Plan Church in "Melting Pot" of Scottsdale

June 15, 2005

Source: The Arizona Republic

On June 15, 2005 The Arizona Republic reported, "The only Armenian church in Arizona has been holding its services, known as divine liturgy, in the same cultural center where it holds its non-religious functions. That will soon change. The church, at 8849 E. Cholla St., plans to build a main sanctuary, with groundbreaking set for early 2006, said Avakian, chairman of the parish council. It would take eight to nine months to build the church. Funds are being raised for the $1.5 million project. Church member and architect Artin Knadjian has designed a building with a stone façade that is patterned after a church in Armenia. The church must receive design approval from Scottsdale before construction can begin. The sanctuary will be the latest in a number of diverse houses of worship in the city. Scottsdale is also home to a Coptic Orthodox church and a Hindu temple, both in the southern part of the city. The city's first mosque and Islamic cultural center is under construction in northeast Scottsdale. Scottsdale has become a melting pot of sorts for a number of faiths, Avakian said."