Today we focus in on the life and work of Marion Mahony - another incredible creative woman being profiled this week by Tess McCabe. If you are loving this week as much as we are, be sure to pop over to the Creative Women's Circle website for more great features! - Jenny x
Marion Mahony was the first woman to become a licensed architect in the United States, and throughout her career left an impact on cities around the world, including several in Australia.
Marion spent 15 years working alongside Frank Lloyd Wright (as his right-hand woman), and played a leading role in the progressive architectural movement in Chicago during that time.She came to Australia in the mid-1910s with husband Walter Burley Griffin (you see, he’d won the competition to build Canberra – though she was responsible for the plan and perspective drawings that made his entry successful!).
After Canberra, Marion and Walter partnered in the design of many of Australia’s most well known architectural landmarks, including the stunning Capitol Theatre in Melbourne.
Marion is credited with designing the epic (and frankly a bit trippy) roof of the theatre, as well as many of the lead light windows which are scattered throughout the premises.
Marion was very fashion-forward in her architectural approach – these art deco style leadlight designs for the Capitol Theatre were implemented well before art deco became a popular design style in Australia.
- Tess x