The Architectural Archives at the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania will host an exhibit about Minerva Parker Nichols, opening in Fall 2022 and supported by a generous grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. The exhibit, titled "What Minerva Built," will be the first exhibition to survey the work of architect Minerva Parker Nichols. It will reexamine her significant contributions to Philadelphia’s built environment at the turn of the 20th century and spotlight the broader legacy of women in design. Co-curated by myself, architectural photographer Elizabeth Felicella, archivist Heather Isbell Schumacher, and the Weitzman School’s William Whitaker, the exhibition and an accompanying publication will feature newly commissioned photographs by Felicella of Nichols’ surviving buildings along with drawings and archival materials. (Read the press release about the exhibit.)

Photograph by Kaitlyn Levesque