Thanks to Marion Manley, our pre-1945 houses were literal iceboxes this past winter. With cold tile floors and rooms built for cross ventilation, they were clearly built for a place where the mercury rarely dips below 45 degrees. Miami's first female architect, Manley designed houses in Morningside, Coral Gables, and Miami Shores. Florida granted Manley a license to practice architecture two years before the federal courts gave her (and all women) the right to vote. She designed Mediterranean-style dwellings in the hopes of luring Northern tourists. But she later abandoned this architecture as "pseudo-Spanish," finding her own style to be more in line with Le Corbusier. She's now known for her midcentury modernist buildings on the University of Miami campus.
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UM architecture professors Catherine Lynn and Carie Penbad will read from their book, Marion Manley: Miami's First Woman Architect, at Books & Books this Friday.
Fri., April 2, 8 p.m., 2010