Project Publications

For Homeowners and Housekeepers:

The Architecture of Minerva Parker Nichols in Late 19th Century America

In Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture

Forthcoming 2021

"Lady Architect": The Work and Writings of Minerva Parker Nichols in Late 19th Century Philadelphia

In Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

January 2019. Available here.

Mill-Rae (Rachel Foster Avery House)

National Register of Historic Places Nomination

January 2017

Minerva Parker Nichols: Architect Of Gender Equality

Hidden City Daily

October 2016. Available here.

Viva Minerva! Celebrating America’s First Independent Female Architect

Hidden City Daily

October 2016. Available here.

Specialization and Significance: Assessing the Career and Works of Minerva Parker Nichols

Master's thesis, University of Pennsylvania

May 2012. Available here.

Talks + Events

Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides

Preserving Minerva: (Re)Discovering the Work of Minerva Parker Nichols

November 12, 2020

Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage

Passionate Pursuits, Reviving the Past: Minerva Parker Nichols

October 16, 2020

Carpenter Company of Philadelphia

Minerva Parker Nichols

July 22, 2020

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

Preserving Minerva:

(Re)Discovering the Work of Minerva Parker Nichols

April 28, 2020

Women in Architecture, AIA Philadelphia

Minerva Parker Nichols

April 17, 2020

Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Preserving Minerva:

(Re)Discovering the Work of Minerva Parker Nichols

Originally scheduled for March 17, 2020; postponed due to COVID-19. New date TBD.

KieranTimberlake Architects

Minerva Parker Nichols

March 6, 2020

University of Virginia School of Architecture

Preserving Minerva:

(Re)Discovering the Work of Minerva Parker Nichols

November 15, 2020, as part of the symposium "Architectural History at the University of Virginia: Richard Guy Wilson and Our Community of Scholars"

Lower Merion Conservancy

Lady Architect: The Career of Minerva Parker Nichols (1862 - 1949)

April 9, 2019

Society of Architectural Historians, Philadelphia Chapter

Minerva Parker Nichols (1862 - 1949)

May 16, 2018

Smith College

Minerva Parker Nichols (1862 - 1949)

April 9, 2017

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