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203 Corlies Avenue, Pelham Heights


Pelham Preservation Society

Annual Fundraiser 2012

This Victorian home was built in 1895; it is one of 25 houses in Pelham Heights built before 1900 and retains such original details as side protruding bays, slate roof and Palladian window in the front facade.  It was owned and occupied by the Gulbenkian Family for more than a century. Hartoutiune Gulbenkian, one of several generations in an Armenian Family of Persian rug dealers, was the nephew of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869-1955), the immensely wealthy financier and oil tycoon, who founded the Iraq Petroleum Company and whose art collection became the Museo Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. Hartoutiune lived at 203 Corlies with his wife, Noemie, son, Edward, and three daughters, Virginia, Araxia and Sonia. Sonia occupied the house until her death in 1994.  The Doyles purchased the house in 2006 from Jim & Diane Lynch.

Approximately 225 people attended our annual fundraiser in 2012 to raise money for improvements at historic "Four Corners." The Pelham Preservation Society would like to thank our hosts, Peter & Claire Doyle, for opening their spectacular property to the community.