David van Zanten (ed.): Marion Mahony Reconsidered

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November 2011, no. 336

David van Zanten (ed.): Marion Mahony Reconsidered

Reviewed by
November 2011, no. 336

‘After Hiroshige and FLW’

Alasdair McGregor

 

Marion Mahony Reconsidered
edited by David van Zanten
University of Chicago Press (Footprint Books), $57.95 hb, 168 pp, 9780226850818

 

Marion Mahony (1870–1961) was that rare commodity in late nineteenth-century American society: a woman functioning as an equal in a professional world dominated by men. Born to progressive parents, and a household and wider circle of strong and socially engaged women, Marion Lucy Mahony was only the second woman to graduate from an American university (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1894) with a full degree in architecture, and the first to be licensed to practise under any state regulatory structure anywhere in the world (Illinois, 1898).

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