Mary L. Page

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Mary Louisa Page
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Mary L. Page circa 1878
Born 1849
Died 1921
Nationality American
Occupation Architect

Mary Louisa Page (1849-1921) was the first American woman to graduate with an accredited architecture degree in the United States.[1][2] In 1878, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.[3] The year following Mary Page's graduation, Margaret Hicks (architect) became the second female architecture graduate when she graduated from Cornell University.

Early life and education[edit]

Mary L. Page attended the University of Illinois from 1874 to 1878, graduating with a B.S. in architecture.[3] In 1892, she was a secretary for the Capital City Abstract & Title Insurance Company headed by Millard Lemon. In 1905, she was elected vice president of Western Washington W.C.T.U. and held that title through 1909. She is credited with having designed the Samuel & Ira Ward House at 137 Sherman St NW in Olympia built around 1889.[4] Page then became a schoolteacher in Washington State and was active in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.[3] She died October 21, 1921 in Kansas City of heart failure.[4]


  1. ^ Adams, Annmarie. "WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE EDUCATION (excerpt)". McGill University. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Allaback, Sarah (2008). The First American Women Architects. Urbana: University of Illinois. p. 233. 
  3. ^ a b c "University of Illinois Archives". University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Houser, Michael (May 2013). "Beyond Wohleb: Olympia’s Other Architects" (PDF). Retrieved 19 May 2015. 

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