Historic Newton Announces New Exhibition Opening Oct. 3, 2012
Newton, MA. – Historic Newton is opening an exciting new exhibition called "An Architect Ahead of Her Time: Annie Cobb (1830–1911)," about a female architect in the late 1800s in Newton Highlands. Annie Cobb was among the first women to design homes in America, an exhibitor with 4 other women architects in the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, and designer of at least 16 homes in Newton Highlands.
This exhibition will be the first ever about Cobb herself, as well as the first time all five female architects who presented at the Woman’s Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition will be featured together since the Fair took place in 1893.
The exhibit will open at the Jackson Homestead and Museum with a celebratory event on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Jackson Homestead is located at 527 Washington Street in Newton, MA. Visit www.historicnewton.org or call 617.796.1450 for more information.
About Historic Newton
Historic Newton encourages inquiry and exploration of Newton’s history within the broad context of American history. Headquartered at the Jackson Homestead and Museum, Historic Newton’s collections and exhibitions foster a deeper understanding of the past. The Museum collects, preserves and exhibits historical artifacts and documents and presents educational programs that serve the diverse population of Newton and the Greater Boston region.
A complete event description follows below:
An Architect Ahead of Her Time: Annie Cobb (1830-1911)
EXHIBITION OPENING AT HISTORIC NEWTON
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Pursuing a design and building career in Newton Highlands by the mid-1870s, Annie Cobb was arguably the first American woman architect of the pre-professional period. Cobb made her building debut in pre-Civil War South Boston, flourished during the last three decades of the 19th century in Newton Highlands, and exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. She succeeded in fashioning a career for herself in the exclusive male world of architecture and building in a time when women’s work was mainly limited to the home. Join us for finger food and beverages in celebration of our newest exhibition. Free. For more information, visit www.historicnewton.org or call 617.796.1450.