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The first house designed by American architect Philip Johnson has been put up for sale by its owners, after 55 years living in the Upstate New York residence.

On the market for $1 million (£775,000), the Booth House was built in 1946 in Bedford, New York – close to the modernist haven of New Canaan, Connecticut, where Johnson later built the iconic Glass House for himself.

Like mother, like daughter. This beauty parlor was run by the daughter of Madame CJ Walker who was one of the first African-American millionaires, and is credited as being the first female millionaire as well. Daughter A'Lelia Walker was born in 1885 and became president of her mother’s company in 1919, a position she held until her 1935 passing. Beyond her business, she also immersed herself in Harlem’s social scene and became quite the patron of the arts. In the 1920s she’d host artistic gatherings at her townhouse on Lenox Ave. A townhouse designed by Vertner Tandy, first registered African-American architect in NYC, and designed of Madame CJ Walker’s mansion Villa Lewaro. In 1927, she even converted a floor of the townhouse into a salon for cultural luminaries to gather. She dies in August of 1931, in much the same manner as her mother and was buried next to her mother at Woodlawn cemetery.
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Robinson, Mrs., Beauty Parlors (for Colored People).
DATE: 1915

anonymous asked:

What do you think are the most important women architect in the history of architecture, and your fav?

OK, here is MY list. Everyone is free to agree or disagree or to comment on who was left out but I limited the list to 10 spots and focused on the last century.

You are invited to post about any of those that were not included and tag me, if I agree with your suggestion I will add a list of runner ups and link it to your post.

Lina Bo Bardi

Lina Bo Bardi, was an Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect. A prolific architect and designer, Lina Bo Bardi devoted her working life, most of it spent in Brazil, to promoting the social and cultural potential of architecture and design. Source Image

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Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architect

It might seem unusual that MoMA’s 1939 building, which corresponded in so many ways with the International Style, should host a major retrospective of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright the following year. Wright, after all, had rejected many of the precepts of the hard-edged industrial imagery of the younger European architects with whom he had shared gallery space in the Museum’s first architecture show eight years earlier. But over the course of the 1930s MoMA looked more and more to issues of regional expression, American-ness in architecture, and an embrace of natural materials, notably wood. “Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architect"—which Wright took full control over, often to the frustration of nominal curator John McAndrew—was intended to culminate in a full-scale wooden Usonian house in MoMA’s new Sculpture Garden, seen through the plate glass windows beyond Wright’s display of his drawings and models. The show was at once of and by Wright, and focused overwhelmingly on his most recent work. Now, nearly 80 years later, Wright returns to MoMA in the exhibition "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive,” on view through October 1.

See images from the 1940 exhibition and more at


The Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at United Nations Headquarters in New York, entitled ‘The Ark of Return’.

Designed by Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent, the memorial pays tribute to the courage of slaves, abolitionists and unsung heroes. It aims to remind visitors of the complete history of slavery, urging them to acknowledge the tragedy and its legacy, and to heighten awareness of the current dangers of racism, prejudice and slavery’s lingering consequences that continue to impact the descendants of its victims today.

📷 UN Social Media Team / Mai Thy Nguyen

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Dear Archy, I noticed that today's Google Doodle was about Fazlur Rahman Khan. Do you have any favorite buildings he designed or influenced, and an estimation of his achievements?

Willis Tower

Fazlur Rahman Khan (Bengali: ফজলুর রহমান খান, Fozlur Rôhman Khan) (3 April 1929 – 27 March 1982) was a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect, who initiated important structural systems for skyscrapers. Considered the “father of tubular designs” for high-rises, Khan was also a pioneer in computer-aided design (CAD). He was the structural designer of the Sears Tower, since renamed Willis Tower, the tallest building in the world from 1973 until 1998, and the 100-story John Hancock Center. via

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The great American Architect created a dozen original masterpieces in Buffalo and its environs, many of which still stand today. Most of his works in Buffalo were private homes, the largest is the Darwin- Martin House near Delaware Park. It is a tri-structure home, now open as a public museum run by the University of Buffalo’s Architecture Dept. They are perfect examples of the Architectural style he created called the “Prairie Style” His private home in Pennsylvania called “Falling Waters” is more famously known but Buffalo has six of works.