Penn exhibition surfaces the story of Minerva Parker Nichols, the first American woman to have an independent architecture practice

Minerva Parker Nichols: The Search for a Forgotten Architect
University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
Harvey & Irwin Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives
220 South 34th Street
Through June 17

It would be easy to miss the entrance to the Architectural Archives on the lower level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library Building at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. Looking out onto a set of stair-stepped seating, a stone bearing a time-worn carving next to an unassuming single door denotes the building’s purpose. Through that door, a ceiling-height wall painted blueprint-blue greets visitors with a name in all caps: Minerva Parker Nichols. After ringing the

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