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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