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Marion Mahony Griffin

Marion Mahony Griffin_NY Historical Society|Church of All Souls (1901)_MMGriffin Marion Mahony Griffin. Courtesy of New York Historical Society.

Name: Marion Mahony Griffin

Date of Birth / Location: February 14, 1871 / Chicago, Illinois

Date of Death / Location: August 10, 1961 / Chicago, Illinois

Education: Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1890-1894.

Firms and Partnerships Firms she was involved with: Office of Dwight Heald Perkins, Chicago, 1894–95; Office of Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago, 1895–98; Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park, Ill., 1898–1908; Principal Designer, Office of Hermann Valentine von Holst, Chicago, 1909–12; Office of Walter Burley Griffin, Chicago, 1911–13; Office of Walter Burley Griffin, Melbourne, Australia, 1915–25; Office of Walter Burley Griffin and Eric Nicholls, Sydney, Australia, 1925–circa 1929; Office of Walter Burley Griffin, Lucknow, India, 1936–37; Her practice moved to Sydney Aus. in 1914.

Professional Organizations & Activities: Marion was the first woman registered to practice architecture in Illinois (she became a licensed architect in the State of Illinois in 1898) and the second woman to graduate from MIT with an architecture degree. Chicago Arts and Crafts Society, founding member; Chicago Architectural Club, member; Illinois Chapter of AIA, member.

Awards & Honors: Winning design for the Australian Federal Capital at Canberra, Federal Design Competition, 1912, with Walter Burley Griffin.

Primary Field: Architect

Work History:

  • All Souls Church, Evanston, Illinois, 1901.
  • Edward P. Irving Residence, 2 Millikin Place, Decatur, Illinois, 1909.
  • Robert Mueller Residence,1 Millikin Place, Decatur, Illinois, 1909.
  • Adolph Mueller Residence, 4 Millikin Place, Decatur, Illinois, 1910.
  • Stinson Memorial Library, 409 S. Main Street, Anna, Illinois, 1914.
  • Solid Rock, 82 Essex Road, Winnetka, Illinois, 1911. In partnership with Walter Burley Griffin.

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Solid Rock, 82 Essex Road, Winnetka, Illinois, 1911. Courtesy of Erica Ruggiero.
Adolph Mueller House, 4 Millikin Place, Decatur, Illinois, 1910. Courtesy of Randy Von Liski.
Robert Mueller House, 1 Millikin Place, Decatur, Illinois, 1909. Courtesy of Randy von Liski.
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Nancy Ann Abshire (Courtesy of CWA)
Nancy Ann Abshire

Name: Nancy Ann Abshire

Date of Birth / Location: Dayton, Ohio

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Northwestern University; Bachelor of Architecture, University of Illinois; 1965-1969

Firms & Partnerships: C.F. Murphy Associates 1961-1968; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), interior design department, also design architect and project manager on various architectural projects, 1968-2019, promoted to Associate 1988.

Professional Organizations & Activities: Chicago Women in Architecture, Founder AIA, RIBA, NCARB; Executive director of SOM foundation 2010-2019; National Trust of Great Britain; Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago Architecture Foundation, Auxiliary Board Member since 1971

Awards & Honors: SAH award 2010; Chicago Women in Architecture Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, 2021

Aileen Anderson Colville

Name: Aileen Anderson Colville

Date of Birth / Location: November 1, 1905 / Illinois

Date of Death / Location: September 22, 1983 / Oak Park, Illinois

Firms & Partnerships: Architect for Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1937 (According to "Houses by Mail: A Guide to Houses from Sears, Roebuck & Company" by Katherine Cole Stevenson and H. Ward Jandl.)

Professional Organizations & Activities: Chicago Women's Architectural Club (CWA), Secretary.

Edith C. Antognoli_image Edith C. Antognoli (circa 1965). Courtesy of the Park Forest Star.
Edith Antognoli

Name: Edith Antognoli

Date of Birth / Location: January 2 1912 / Georgetown, British Guiana

Barbara Armstrong

Name: Barbara Armstrong

Iris Ashwell (1952)
Iris Ashwell

Name: Iris Ashwell

Date of Birth / Location: August 16, 1897 / British Columbia, Canada

Date of Death / Location: November 5, 1987 / British Columbia, Canada

Education: University of British Columbia; Iowa State College; Ashwell also studied for two years in England with the urban planner Thomas Mawson.

Firms & Partnerships: Chief Land Planner for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), late 1940s-early 1950s.

Professional Organizations & Activities: Professional Women's Council Western Society of Engineers; American Society of Planning Officials; Professional Women's Club of Evanston, Illinois.

Anna Carmen Baird Walsh

Name: Anna Carmen Baird Walsh

Date of Birth / Location: 1872 / Quincy, Illinois

Date of Death / Location: August 17, 1936 / Chicago, Illinois

Professional Organizations & Activities: Member, National Women's Association of Commerce; Board member, Aviation Club of Chicago; Director, Woodlawn Trust and Savings Bank

Adelaide Eunice Benham Hulla

Name: Adelaide Eunice Benham Hulla

Date of Birth / Location: 1871 / New York

Date of Death / Location: 1961

Education: Wellesley College, 1884-1890; AB from Cornell University, 1887-1890; Bachelor's of Science in Architecture, Chicago School of Architecture (a joint program with the Armour Institute, now Illinois Institute of Techonoly IIT, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), 1902. Thesids: "A Group of University Buildings."

Firms & Partnerships: According to 1938-39 Cornell Alumni directory, Adelaide was in joint practice of architecture at 104 S Dearborn in Chicago, Illinois and in the 90 Schiller Building, Chicago, Illinois with her husband John Hulla.

Professional Organizations & Activities: Adelaide was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. (Courtesy of Martin Tangora)

Katherine Brewster

Name: Katherine (Kate) Lancaster Brewster

Date of Death / Location: September 24, 1947 / Lake Forest, Illinois

Professional Organizations & Activities: Member of the Lake Forest Garden Club; Member of the Garden Club of America; President of the Chicago Public School Art Society

Awards & Honors: Legion of Honor for her work with the Chicago chapter of France Forever.

Fran Caldwell

Name: Fran Caldwell

Isabel Ling Chan

Name: Isabel Ling Chan

Professional Organizations & Activities: American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Pao-Chi Chang

Name: Pao-Chi Chang

Firms & Partnerships: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Alfred Swenson Pao-Chi Chang Architects

Professional Organizations & Activities: Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Professor

Mary Colter

Name: Mary Colter

Sue Ann Conover

Name: Sue Ann Conover

Education: Bachelor's of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1979

Professional Organizations & Activities: American Institute of Architects (AIA); Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA)

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Mary Ann Elizabeth Crawford

Name: Mary Ann Elizabeth Crawford

Date of Birth / Location: 1901 / Girard, Illinois

Date of Death / Location: December 19, 1988 / Springfield, Illinois

Education: Bachelor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1929; Master's of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1930.

Firms & Partnerships: Holabird and Root, 1930s; Rand McNally, 1930s; Historical American Building Survey Work, 1930s; Montgomery Ward, n.d.; Private Practice, beginning in 1959.

Professional Organizations & Activities: Chair of the Women’s Architectural Club; Officer for the Society of Western Engineers; Licensed Architect with the State of Illinois, 1941; Licensed Engineer with the State of Illinois, 1943. In 1978, some of Crawford's student drawings were featured in the "Chicago Women Architects: Contemporary Directions" exhibition at Artemisia Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. In 1980, her drawings were the focus of a solo exhibition titled "American Beaux-Arts" at the Frumkin-Struve Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

Isabella Curran

Name: Isabella Curran

Firms & Partnerships: Active in Chicago and surrounding suburbs at the beginning of the twentieth century.