Esther Baum Born

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Esther Baum Born (1902–1987) was an American author and architectural photographer who lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is known for co-authoring the book The New Architecture in Mexico along with her husband, Ernest Born, and Justino Fernández. She traveled in the country for 10 months, both photographing and drawing buildings, ultimately attracting global attention to the dawn of Mexico's modern architecture.

In California, her photography includes images taken around 1940 documenting Northern California Usonian houses designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. From 1938 to 1940, she photographed the Golden Gate International Exposition, which took place on Treasure Island near San Francisco. Her photography collection is held by the Getty Research Institute and the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California, Berkeley.[1][2]

Personal background[edit]

Born was born 1902 in Palo Alto, California. She grew up in Piedmont and graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1920.[3] She studied architecture at University of California, Berkeley under John Galen Howard.[4] She married Ernest Born in 1926, with whom she ran an architecture practice from 1945-1973.[2]

Published works[edit]

  • Born, Ernest; Born, Esther; and Fernández, Justino. The New Architecture in Mexico, The Architectural Record, W. Morrow & Company, 1937.


  1. ^ "Getty Research Library Catalog: Holdings Information". 2003-04-02. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Ernest & Esther Born". Environmental Design Archives. University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Born, Esther". Docomomo/Noca. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  4. ^ "Inventory of the Ernest and Esther Born Collection, 1924-1985". Retrieved 2012-06-17. 

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