This house dates from the 17th century, when Armenians migrated to Isfahan and brought a new architectural language to the city. The basement level courtyard or ‘pit-garden’, surrounded by vaulted rooms for winter use, is a typical feature. So too is the human scale of the building and the lack of superfluous decoration. The structure had been altered over the years and was in a weakened state. The local art university bought the house both as an opportunity to extend and as a restoration project. Later additions were stripped out, the lime mortar and mud brick structure reinforced, and the wood and plasterwork restored.