The First American Women Architects

The First American Women Architects

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By 1920, there were over two hundred women practicing architecture in the United States, actively working on major design and building projects before they were even given the right to vote. These women designed thousands of buildings nationwide: apartments in Kansas City, hotels in the nation's national parks, churches in Michigan, and mansions on the coast of California, to name a few. In The First American Women Architects, Sarah Allaback chronicles the lives and careers of more than seventy pioneering female architects practicing in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, nearly all of whom have been forgotten--until now. Organized alphabetically as a reference guide, this volume provides a biographical sketch of each architect's life, education, and professional career, and a list of known works and sources for further research. Many of these remarkable women have never before appeared in any other history, making The First American Women Architects a unique and invaluable reference for students and scholars interested in women's history and architecture. As an instructive record of the legacy of women in architectural history, this book will also serve as a stimulating indicator of the broadening potential for women and other minorities within the field of architecture.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252033213
  • 9780252033216
  • 1,733,684

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"Enlightening and pleasurable to read."--Feminist Collections "This work is very valuable for its coverage and documentation and as a sourcebook for further research. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice "This reference packs exceptional informational breadth and scholarly passion."--Library Journal "The biographical entries are all fascinating and include numerous photos and lists of buildings to commemorate these remarkable women. . . . An inspiring book."--Feminist Review onlineshow more

About Sarah Allaback

Sarah Allaback is a freelance writer and architectural historian. She is a former consultant for the National Historic Landmark Program in Washington, D.C.show more

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