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Anna Safford

Name: Anna Safford

Emma Kennett_Tribune Photo|Emma Kennet_0402-2300 Farwell_3|Emma Kennet_Tutor Revival Farwell_3|Chicago_Tribune_Sun  Feb_26  1928_Emma Kennet Emma C. Kennett, ca. 1920s. Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.
Emma Kennett

Name: Emma Kennett

Date of Birth / Location: February 9, 1891 / Illinois

Date of Death / Location: June 13, 1985 / Santa Barbara, California

Date of Death / Location: Kennett Construction Company, 1923 - ca. 1952 Kennett Realty Company, ca. 1952 - 1960. Kennett designed all of her own buildings, assisted only by with local architects including Arthur C. Buckett and Herbert J. Richter to ensure the technical details were correct. As for a contractor, Kennett partnered with one of the first African American contractors in the city, Joseph Frederick Rousseau.

Mary Willis_ancestry image Mary Willis (center) circa 1930s. Courtesy of ancestry.com
Mary E. Willis

Name: Mary E. Willis

Date of Birth / Location: 1862 / Wisconsin

Date of Death / Location: 1938 / Chicago (or possibly suburbs)

Awards & Honors: All in all, at least what was so far able to be uncovered by digging through the annals of the Daily Tribune, Chicago’s “ancient” building permits, American Contractor, and the Economist, Mary Willis built more than 60 homes and buildings. The majority of them were in Portage Park, on the 4600 and 4700 blocks of N. Laramie; the 4600 block of N. LeClaire, the 5000 and 5100 block of W. Wilson Avenue; the 5000 and 5100 blocks of W. Windsor Avenue; and the 4600 block of N. Lawler Avenue.

Jean Wehrheim from the Chicago Daily Tribune 30 October 1955
Jean Wehrheim

Name: Jean Wehrheim

Date of Death / Location: September 22, 1977

Education: Bachelor's of Architecture, University of Illinois, 1948.

Date of Death / Location: Ran an architectural practice with her husband, John Wehrheim, in Lombard, Illinois.

Awards & Honors: Jean joined AIA in 1969.

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Anna Safford

Name: Anna Safford

Emma Kennett_Tribune Photo|Emma Kennet_0402-2300 Farwell_3|Emma Kennet_Tutor Revival Farwell_3|Chicago_Tribune_Sun  Feb_26  1928_Emma Kennet Emma C. Kennett, ca. 1920s. Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.
Emma Kennett

Name: Emma Kennett

Date of Birth / Location: February 9, 1891 / Illinois

Date of Death / Location: June 13, 1985 / Santa Barbara, California

Firms & Partnerships: Kennett Construction Company, 1923 - ca. 1952 Kennett Realty Company, ca. 1952 - 1960. Kennett designed all of her own buildings, assisted only by with local architects including Arthur C. Buckett and Herbert J. Richter to ensure the technical details were correct. As for a contractor, Kennett partnered with one of the first African American contractors in the city, Joseph Frederick Rousseau.

Mary Willis_ancestry image Mary Willis (center) circa 1930s. Courtesy of ancestry.com
Mary E. Willis

Name: Mary E. Willis

Date of Birth / Location: 1862 / Wisconsin

Date of Death / Location: 1938 / Chicago (or possibly suburbs)

Awards & Honors: All in all, at least what was so far able to be uncovered by digging through the annals of the Daily Tribune, Chicago’s “ancient” building permits, American Contractor, and the Economist, Mary Willis built more than 60 homes and buildings. The majority of them were in Portage Park, on the 4600 and 4700 blocks of N. Laramie; the 4600 block of N. LeClaire, the 5000 and 5100 block of W. Wilson Avenue; the 5000 and 5100 blocks of W. Windsor Avenue; and the 4600 block of N. Lawler Avenue.

Jean Wehrheim from the Chicago Daily Tribune 30 October 1955
Jean Wehrheim

Name: Jean Wehrheim

Date of Death / Location: September 22, 1977

Education: Bachelor's of Architecture, University of Illinois, 1948.

Firms & Partnerships: Ran an architectural practice with her husband, John Wehrheim, in Lombard, Illinois.

Awards & Honors: Jean joined AIA in 1969.