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Marion Manley


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Catherine Lynn is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Miami. Carie Penabad is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Miami.


Marion Manley, Miami's first woman architect, spent her career battling for commissions and for the recognition she deserved for what was a very impressive body of work. Her commissions included well-designed small Spanish-style houses in the 1920s; work on Miami's U.S. Post Office and Federal Building in the 1930s; with Robert Law Weed, the masterplan for the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami and its first large classroom building in the 1940s; many "tropical modern" houses; and the University of Miami's Ring Theater, the shell for the Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum in the 1950s; and she continued through the 1960s and early 1970s to have numerous commissions. Manley also laid the ground work for today's women architects' acceptance in the still-male-dominated profession. This work traces both Marion Manley's career and also the architectural history of Miami through six decades of the twentieth century.

--Donald W. Curl "author of Mizner's Florida: American Resort Architecture "

This fine monograph on Marion Manley (1893-1984) is long overdue . . . beautifully designed and is highly recommended for libraries of all types with an interest in Miami and Florida, and academic libraries collecting architectural history, art history and women's studies.

--Art Libraries Society of North America

Marion Manley resonates with our modern times. She was passionate about environmental conditions, the adaptive reuse of materials, and respect for local vernacular precedents, along with engineering innovations. Her design for the University of Miami was praised around the world as the first modern university. Lynn and Penabad document the full extent of Manley's pioneering presence and the respect she rightly won.

--Gwendolyn Wright "Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University "

An overdue tribute to a woman who accomplished so much so far ahead of her time.

--Elevate Difference

Catherine Lynn and Carie Penabad's deeply researched and carefully constructed life-and-works study of Miami's first woman architect, Marion I. Manley (1893-1984), is thus doubly welcome for recording the travails of a regional practitioner and for celebrating the fact that this architect designed buildings--and supervised their construction to her famously exacting standards--when her peers were all men.

--Ellen Weiss "Journal of Southern History "

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