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Exhibition Details the Life of America's First Independent Woman Architect, Minerva Parker Nichols.

Minerva Parker Nichols: Search for a Forgotten Architect will be on display March 21-June 17, 2023, at the Harvey & Irwin Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, 220 South 34 Street, Philadelphia. The exhibition details the life of Minerva Parker Nichols, who in 1888 opened an office in Philadelphia and whose commissions include the design of the unbuilt Queen Isabella Association Pavilion at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, among other clubs and private residences.  

Never heard of Nichols? That’s no surprise as a large portion of her work commenced during the suffrage movement for women clients and is largely unknown, with only a handful of her drawings surviving. The Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design is trying to change that by establishing a record of her work and preserving her legacy as a Philadelphia architect.  

The curatorial team is led by William Whitaker, curator and collections manager of the Architectural Archives. The exhibition is based on more than a decade of research by Penn graduate and Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner Molly Lester with the help of Architectural Photographer Elizabeth Felicella, who is photographing Nichols’ surviving buildings, and Heather Isbell Schumacher, an archivist with over a decade of experience. 

For more info: https://www.design.upenn.edu/events/minerva-parker-nichols-search-forgotten-architect-0

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