Research and Book by Inge S. Horton

Julia Morgan is known as an eminent woman architect, but she was not alone. Many more women practiced architecture in the late 19th and early 20th century. My research focuses on the lives, careers, and work of these mostly unknown pioneering women who started their careers in Northern California before 1951. The results were documented in a chronicle of triumphs and challenges which these path-breaking women faced in their pursuit of entering and claiming space in the male-dominated field of architecture. The resulting book Early Women Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area - The Lives and Work of Fifty Professionals, 1890-1951 was published by McFarland & Company in August 2010. After reading it you will come away exclaiming: 

 

What Amazing Women!

 

Milka Bliznakov Prize

In October 2011, Inge S. Horton won the prestigious 2010 Milka Bliznakov Prize of the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA for her book Early Women Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area - The Lives and Work of Fifty Professionals, 1890-1951. The jury commented: This work deserves to be seen as a model for recovering those unknown histories from other places that reveal the contributions of women to the built environment. Overall, the book offers a welcome, continuing challenge to today by illuminating the manner in which women of a previous era located a creative approach to the profession.

 

The book was reviewed in the newsletter of the International Archive of Women in Architecture IAWA Center News No. 22, Fall 2010 on Page 6 and the IAWA Center News 

No. 23 Fall 2011 on Page 6. 

Women in Modernism

Inge Horton contributed an article Daring to Design Modern: Women Architects of Northern California to the August 2014 Newsletter of DOCOMOMO which was dedicated to Women in Modernism. The article http://www.docomomo-us.org/news/daring_design_modern_women_architects_northern_california

features short chapters about the Emergence of Modernism in California, "Transitional Women Architects", Creating a New Generation of Modernists: Architects Educated at UC Berkeley and Architects migrating to the Bay Area. 

Dave Weinstein also picked up the topic in his blog and wrote about Pioneering Women in Modernism in the newsletter of the Eichler Network.

Ordering the Book

You can order the book Early Women Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area (ISBN 978-0-7864-4656-8) at $65 plus shipping $5 for the first book, $1 for each additional book and tax for NC residents, directly from the publisher, McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson, N.C. or by phone (800) 253-2187 using your credit card. See also www.mcfarlandpub.com. The book is also available from Amazon at the same price of $65. 

 

The book is carried by local architectural book sellers such as William Stout Architectural Books, 804 Montgomery Street, San Francisco and 1605 Solano Street, Berkeley; Builders Booksource, 1817 4th Street, Berkeley; and University Press Book, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 

 

In Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, order from: The European Group, www.eurospangroup.com.

In Australia and New Zealand, order from : DA Information Services, www.dadirect.com.

 

 

Born House, San Francisco, 1916. (Ida McCain)
Born House, San Francisco, 1916. (Ida McCain)

I welcome information about Northern California women in architecture who started their practice before 1950. If you have historical information or photos to share, please contact me.

—Inge Horton

 

 

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