Margery Hoffman Smith

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Margery Hoffman Smith
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Margery Elizabeth Hoffman

(1888-08-30)August 30, 1888
DiedMarch 8, 1981(1981-03-08) (aged 92)
Resting placeCypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California, U.S.

Margery Hoffman Smith (1888–1981) was an American painter, craftsperson, interior designer, and lecturer, known as the "grande dame of arts and crafts" for her interior design work at the Timberline Lodge.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born August 30, 1888, in Portland, in the U.S. state of Oregon, the daughter of Lee Hoffman and Julia Christiansen Hoffman.[1] In 1911, Hoffman earned a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr; she also took design coursework with Arthur B. Dow at the Art Students League of New York, and studied painting at the Portland Museum Art School.[1][2]

In January 1918, she married Ferdinand C. Smith, who was in the U.S. Army at Camp Lewis. He had fallen ill with scarlet fever, and as soon as they said their vows he went into quarantine.[3] They moved to San Francisco in the 1940s, where he later became a partner in the brokerage firm Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Beane.[1] After he died, she opened her own interior design studio in 1959.[2]

Timberline Lodge[edit]

Sarah Muro has written, "Smith is best known for her work at Timberline Lodge, a Works Progress Administration project on Mount Hood. As assistant state director of the Federal Art Project, she was in charge of the handcrafted furnishings that were made for the lodge."[1] She designed wood and wrought-iron furniture, as well as woven fabrics for draperies, upholstery and rugs, and selected "oil paintings, watercolors, hand-colored lithographs, opus sectile glass murals, and carved linoleum murals".[1]


In 1979, Governor Vic Atiyeh awarded Hoffman the Governor's Award for the Arts.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Munro, Sarah. "Margery Hoffman Smith". Oregon Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  2. ^ a b c Griffin, Rachael (May 3, 1981). "Margery Hoffman Smith: the Woman Behind Timberline Lodge". The Oregonian, Northwest Magazine.
  3. ^ "Ill Soldier Weds; Miss Margery Hoffman Is Sick-Room Bride". The Oregonian. January 9, 1918.