Louise Blanchard Bethune in Buffalo, NY
Inducted in the National Women's Hall of Fame, March 9, 2006

"At the end of the 1880s, thirty-three-year-old Bethune had accomplished more than most architects could hope to accomplish in their careers. She was an AIA Fellow, vice-president of the Buffalo Society of Architects, and second vice-president of the WAA. She had designed more than seventy-five buildings that can be documented (half of her life's work), including seven pace-setting public schools, four police stations, the most modern lithography factory in the country, three other factories, several stores, an armory, a major addition to a hospital, and dozens of homes from wood-frame middle-class houses to Dunkirk's centerpiece mansion. She was also the mother of a six-year-old." - Johanna Hays


On Buffalo Architecture and History site:

Louise Bethune, "Women and Architecture" Text of a speech delivered in 1891

Austin Fox, Louise Blanchard Bethune

Andrea Barbasch, Louise Blanchard Bethune

Bio  Reprinted from the 2010 National Register nomination for the Hotel Lafayette

Memorial plaque in Forest Lawn Cemetery

Photo of actress Margo Davis in her role as Louise Blanchard Bethune in a 2002 Forest Lawn Cemetery guided tour

Hotel Lafayette

The Frontier Theater

Buffalo Weaving Company

Witkop & Holmes Grocery Store

Thorne House, 40 Bidwell Pkwy

Photo - 35 Richmond Avenue

Photo - 39 Richmond Avenue

On other sites:

Johanna Hays, Louise Blanchard Bethune: Architect Extraordinaire and First American Woman Architect, Practiced in Buffalo, New York Doctoral thesis. (online Oct. 2015)

Cynthia Van Ness. Buffalo Builds on History of its Architectural Heritage Essay (online Oct. 2015)

Buffalo History Museum: Buffalo Architectural Index: Buildings and Their Architects  (online Oct. 2015)

The Louise Bethune Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians  (online Oct. 2015)


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