Louise Blanchard Bethune Biography

Architect (1856–1913)
Louise Blanchard Bethune was an architect and the first woman to open her own independent office.


Louise Blanchard Bethune was the first professional woman architect in the U.S., opening an independent office in Buffalo in 1881. Her firm designed several hundred buildings throughout New York state, many of them in the Romanesque revival style popular in the late 19th century. In 1888 she became the first woman elected to the American Institute of Architects.

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