Here’s something that had not occurred to me.
The Urban Environment League, in the theme for its latest dinner forum, posits this intriguing question: “Have Women Been the Major Visionaries for Historic Preservation in South Florida?’’
The panelists include: Sallye Jude, Kathleen Kauffman, Nancy Liebman, Dolly MacIntyre, Arva Moore Parks and Enid Pinkney (in that order, top to bottom, left).
Asked and answered, I would say, given that list. And others immediately spring to mind. Barbara Capitman, anyone? She only saved Miami Beach. And of course Ellen Uguccioni, formerly Coral Gables’ preservation officer and now at the City of Miami, and her predecessor at Dinner Key, Sarah Eaton, names that only add weight to the thesis.
It’s a special St. Patrick’s Day edition for the UEL. Will they serve Green Beer? Only one way to find out.
Festivities start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday (March 17th) at the Rusty Pelican on Virginia Key. It’s $25 for dinner (tax & tip included), and $20 for students. Show up at 7:30 p.m. for just the free discussion. Cash bar.
Along similar gender lines: Did you know that Florida’s second registered architect was a woman? Marion Manley was the first woman to practice as an architect in Miami, and helped bridge the local gender gap in the notoriously male-dominated profession.
Manley (left, in a photo from the Historical Museum of Southern Florida) also helped shape the University of Miami as the first all-Modern U.S. college campus, collaborating on its master plan and contributing Bauhaus-inspired designs for some of its simple original structures, many of which are still in use today. One group of buildings has long and fondly served as UM’s School of Architecture.
Now two faculty members return the favor with a new book, Marion Manley: Miami's First Woman Architect (U. of Georgia Press).
Authors Catherine Lynn, a historian and preservationist, and Carie Penabad, an architect, will discuss Manley’s life and work at an upcoming public forum at UM, including her contributions to the development of Miami.
There will be a lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, followed by a tour of an accompanying exhibition drawn from images in the book, and a reception. The events, as always, are free and open to the public.
Place: The UM School of Architecture Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, Irvin Korach Gallery and grounds, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables campus.
The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, until april 19.