Film: “A Girl is A Fellow Here”

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“A Girl is a Fellow Here” ~ 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright (2009)

A BWAF-produced film

At a time when few architectural firms would hire women, Frank Lloyd Wright unhesitatingly employed women, giving them both training and the opportunity to practice. Ultimately, over 100 women architects and designers worked with Wright, many of them going on to remarkable careers of their own. In his studio in Oak Park and at both Taliesin Fellowships, Wright trained and practiced with women as draftsmen, designers, and fellow visionaries. “A Girl Is A Fellow Here”: Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright focuses on six of those women – Marion Mahony, Isabel Roberts, Lois Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber. Through their work and their own words they reveal what they gleaned from Wright and where they departed from his model. Who they were, how they came to architecture, what they learned from The Master, and where their careers ultimately took them emerge from filmed and audio interviews…and their own architecture. Under Wright’s guidance, from Oak Park to the Arizona Taliesin, they learned their craft and honed their ideas; they split wood and laid shingles; they dreamed and drew and designed. After they left Wright’s studio, they created thousands of projects across the country. Houses and hospitals, churches and libraries, theaters and wineries: from California to Florida, their architecture endures. They are Frank Lloyd Wright’s unknown legacy, and their practice forms a legacy for all women working in architecture today.



    • Premiered on June 10th, 2009 to a sold-out auditorium at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration.
    • Was presented as part of the Architecture of Writing program.
    • Features in-depth information about 6 of the over 100 women that worked with Frank Lloyd Wright including Jane Duncombe, Lois Davidson Gottlieb, Marion Mahony, Eleanore Pettersen, Isabel Roberts, Read Weber.
    • Has a page on the Internet Movie Database where film reviews can be submitted.
    • Is available for purchase from a variety of shops and stores.
    • Is available at almost 30 libraries nationwide and is on the WorldCat database.

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LEFT: Suzannah Lessard hosts a panel at the premiere with Gwendolyn Wright, Carol Gilligan and Beverly Willis (June 2009) Photo Credit: Adam Bell. CENTER: Women carpenters at Taliesin (circa 1940) Photo Credit: The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. RIGHT: Moderator Lessard interviews Taliesin fellow Lois Davidson Gottlieb (June 2009) Photo credit: Adam Bell.

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