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Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel

Two Pioneer Women Architects of Nineteenth Century North America

“Women” and “architecture” were once mutually exclusive terms. In an 1891 address, Louise Blanchard Bethune declared, “it is hardly safe to assert” that a connection even exists between the two words. Some women didn’t agree.

Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart (1823-1902) is credited with works built in the present states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and British Columbia. Born Esther Pariseau in Saint-Elzéar, Québec, the “Mother with a hammer” was honoured by the State of Washington as one of two people to represent it in the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C.

Louise Blanchard Bethune (1856-1913) designed and built works in the Buffalo, New York area, including the Lafayette Hotel, which was one of the eleven most luxurious hotels in the United States when it opened in 1904.

Mother Joseph’s and Louise Bethune’s signature buildings, Providence Academy, Vancouver, Washington, and the Lafayette Hotel, Buffalo, New York, are both listed on the United States’ National Register of Historic Places. Both buildings are cases of historic preservation and adaptive reuse.

Carla Blank and Tania Martin breathe new life into the lives and works of these two remarkable nineteenth-century women.

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Carla Blank

Carla Blank is the author of Live On Stage! and Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900–2000. Her articles have appeared in El Pais, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Green Magazine, Hungry Mind Review,Counterpunch, and Konch. She lives in Oakland, California.

Tania Martin

Tania Martin is a professor at the Université Laval School of Architecture in Québec City where she has held the Canada Research Chair in Built Religious Heritage since 2005. She has published essays in scholarly journals on architectural history and North American religious institutional structures. She lives in Québec City.
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The introduction provides a brief history of architecture in the United States and Canada, the evolution of the laws, regulations, and standards that shaped modern architecture. It then provides … ; 22 $2.20

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Part one of Sister with a Hammer focuses on the life of Mother Joseph (born Esther Pariseau) a Catholic nun who is representative of the nameless pioneer women who helped to build nineteenth … ; 28 $2.80

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Part two of Sister with a Hammer focuses on the life of Mother Joseph (born Esther Pariseau) a Catholic nun who is representative of the nameless pioneer women who helped to build nineteenth … ; 29 $2.90

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Part three of Sister with a Hammer focuses on the life of Mother Joseph (born Esther Pariseau) a catholic nun who is representative of the nameless pioneer women who helped to build nineteenth … ; 24 $2.40

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Part one of Saving a Grand Old Lady focuses on the life of Louise Bethune (born Jennie Louise Blanchard), one of the “exceptional women” admitted into the architecture profession … ; 30 $3.00

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Part two of Saving a Grand Old Lady focuses on the life of Louise Bethune (born Jennie Louise Blanchard), one of the “exceptional women” admitted into the architecture profession … ; 22 $2.20

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Part three of Saving a Grand Old Lady focuses on the life of Louise Bethune (born Jennie Louise Blanchard), one of the “exceptional women” admitted into the architecture profession … ; 25 $2.50

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In the Conclusion, the authors reflect on the legacy of Mother Joseph and Louise Bethune work more than 100 years after their deaths. The chapter explores how these women were able to storm the … ; 9 $0.90