Andreas J Mourelatos
Andreas John Mourelatos was born in Athens, Greece in 1924. His education was interrupted by World War II and he finished high school with poor grades. Andreas was not able to go to the college of his choice so he joined the Greek army. After completing his time in the army as a mine sweeper, Andreas soon found a job with the Greek government as an architect. In late 1954, he met his wife Mary and they both moved to San Francisco in 1955 for better opportunities. Andreas did not know any English but got his first job as a book binder just a week after arriving in America. Three weeks later he found a job as an ink drafter from an advertisement in the local newspaper. Andreas was primarily a self taught architect; his only formal schooling in architecture being from Heald College of San Francisco. In 1970, Andreas received the SPUR Award from the City of San Francisco for the design of the building located at 2101 Market. The building still stands today. Andreas was involved in both the design and construction to varying degrees, for three bay area Greek Orthodox churches; Holy Trinity (San Francisco), Holy Cross (Belmont), and Ascension (Oakland).
Throughout his career Andreas worked at the following architecture firms all located in San Francisco at the time:
Welton & Becket & Associates
Reid & Tarics
Emmond & Wurster Bernedi
During Andreas' time in the professional world he kept his free time busy by drafting, making plans, and looking into investment properties. This led him to build a home in Greece as well as take an early retirement to design and maintain a small motel in North Lake Tahoe.
Andreas worked until he passed away in August of 2014.