Recording: "Five Women Architects" by Barbara Powers

Recording of "Five Women Architects: Their Careers and Contributions to American Architecture" by Barbara Powers

Originally broadcasted live on March 16th, 2021.


In this lecture, architectural historian Barbara Powers is examining the careers and contributions of five women practicing architecture in American during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn how these exceptional women overcame the obstacles confronting women in the practice of architecture through their remarkable work and personal achievements. Discussion includes: Sophia Hayden, designer of the Women’s Building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago; Marion Mahoney Griffin, who worked in Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio; Julia Morgan, who’s most famous work is San Simeon, the Hearst Castle in California; Theodate Pope, born in Ohio her designs for schools and her family home, now Hill-Stead Museum are in Connecticut; and Florence Kenyon Hayden, designer of Oxley Hall, Ohio State University’s first women’s dormitory and held state and national positions in the National Women’s Party (active in the suffrage movement in Ohio and the nation). 

Barbara Powers has 38 years of experience with historic survey and the National Register of Historic Places programs in Ohio. Powers serves on the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center Commission. She was the state coordinator for the Society of Architectural Historians online publication Archipedia Classic Buildings. Published works include “Ohio’s Pride, the Art and Architecture of the Ohio State Office Building” in Timeline, a publication of the Ohio History Connection; “Louis Bromfield’s Big House at Malabar Farm: Form Follows Fiction” in Recreating the American Past, Essays on the Colonial Revival published by the University of Virginia Press and “The Architecture of the Ohio Governor’s Residence” in Our First Family’s Home published by Ohio University Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Miami University and a Master’s in Architectural History with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia.

Barbara has researched and lectured on late 19th and early 20th century architectural topics including Ohio architecture, women architects, Ohio architect Frank Packard, the City Beautiful Movement, and progressive era industrial architecture. She has conducted numerous tours of Columbus architecture and civic spaces and has given courses on Discovering Ohio Architecture: Early Settlement to Modern Ohio for the Columbus Landmarks, Upper Arlington Lifelong Learning, Ohio State University Marion Branch Adult Education, Heritage Ohio and the Ohio History Connection.

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