Mario Mahony

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Mario Mahony was born in Chicago, Illinois back in 1871 to Jeremiah and Clara.  In 1880, the family moved to Winnetka.  She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), right now before writing the rest of this I can tell you she was way beyond me in her knowledge, so let’s continue. 

She returned to Chicago working in her cousin’s architecture firm, with someone you may have heard of Frank Lloyd Wright.  In 1895, she was the first employee hired by Mr. Wright working for him for almost fifteen years. When Mr. Wright left for Europe his firm was taken over by Herman V. von Holst, he gave Mario complete control of design. 

In that capacity, she designed Henry Ford’s Dearborn mansion and the Amberg House in Grand Rapids. 

What you may not know about Marion Mahony Griffin is that she was one of the first female licensed architects in the world.  She died in 1961, she was 90. 

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Imagine the difficulty of her journey to be the first! Enjoy your day!

May 01, 2020 04:31 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I love reading about how talent is used with folks like her.

May 01, 2020 04:56 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Marion Mahony seems like she must have been a very talented woman. 

I have been fortunate to have seen several Frank Lloyd Wright homes locally as well as in Oak Park, Illinois and was quite impressed when I was able to visit Fallingwater in Pennsylvania.  

May 01, 2020 05:17 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

Marion Mahony Griffin – The Also-Rans

Marion Mahony Griffin....

May 01, 2020 05:18 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Oh wow, James. I will "test" our grandson, who is an architect on his knowledge of Marion Mahoney Griffin next time I speak with him.

May 01, 2020 05:22 AM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for introducing Marion to us...

Happy Friday my friend James Dray 

May 01, 2020 05:36 AM #6
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thanks for sharing another brilliant womans story with us that I can pass on to my daughter James Dray .

May 01, 2020 05:39 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

She was in the wright place and time!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 01, 2020 06:35 AM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Well this was all news to me, but what a great story. We lived in the Deaborn area for a few years and while I never saw the Ford mansion I was aware of it!


May 01, 2020 07:59 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - smart move to team up with her to have a women's touch to architecture.

May 01, 2020 08:09 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another fascinating story.  Santa Barbara is known for its female architects, who paved the way after  yours.  A

May 01, 2020 08:14 AM #11
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What an interesting woman, from her name, and her ability. Very impressed, and I love Frank Lloyd Wright designs so am sure i would have liked her designs as well.

May 01, 2020 08:15 AM #12
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, I have heard of her, just did not know her name.   Definitely she was a leader in her industry.

May 01, 2020 08:22 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am always fascinated with architecture since I enjoy seeing things that are unique rather than the same as everything else that is built.

May 01, 2020 08:45 AM #14
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - A very impressive resumé to be sure.  Thank you for sharing Marion's journey with us. 

May 01, 2020 09:14 AM #15
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, Once again another first in your blog and always good to know about your history lesson.


May 01, 2020 10:14 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- very interesting and loved Raymond E. Camp comment. 

May 01, 2020 05:46 PM #17
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing another piece of history.  She had to have talent to be part of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture firm.

May 01, 2020 07:27 PM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

wow what a great glimpse of history and a fantastic example for all architects who followed in her footstep, Endre

May 01, 2020 10:45 PM #19
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