At The Tower Companies, we are committed to making a difference through our business and community. This commitment began when Albert Abramson founded the company in 1947 and continues today as his sons Gary, Ronald, and Jeffrey Abramson actively manage Tower. The pride that comes from a legacy of generations shows in the quality of our buildings and the attention to detail paid to every aspect of our operations. Our dedication to the DC area allows the family to be directly involved, creating dependable, long-term relationships and lasting community impact.

1917 – 2012

Albert “Sonny” Abramson enhanced the face of real estate development in the National Capital region and ardently served his community and his nation.

In 1947, following an honorable discharge as Captain in the United States Army Air Corps, Albert began his career in the development industry with a $500 investment. Throughout that career, he was personally responsible for the development of thousands of Washington area apartment homes, office buildings, and shopping centers — among them The Tower Building and White Flint in Montgomery County, MD, and Washington Square in Washington, DC.


President Ronald Reagan appointed Albert to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council and Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton subsequently reappointed him. Albert also served as Chairman of both the museum’s Building Committee and Development Committee and in 1998 received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Clinton for his work to bring the Holocaust Museum from blueprint to reality. The medal citation credited Albert’s “quiet determination” to “skillfully mobilize financial resources and architectural and construction talent to help create a lasting monument to the triumph of the human spirit that is both a poignant reminder and a compelling, cautionary lesson.”

In 2012, Albert was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Urban Land Institute Washington. This award recognizes leaders in the DC area real estate community who, in addition to a lifetime commitment to real estate, have given back to the community through demonstrated civic, charitable, and philanthropic endeavors.

View the videos on this page to learn more about Albert’s legacy of service and philanthropy from his colleagues and family.



Albert and Ruth Abramson passed on their commitment to philanthropy and passion for the Washington, DC, community to their sons. Along with their families, Gary, Ronald, and Jeffrey continue this legacy by operating their business as their philanthropy and passionately supporting the following organizations.