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Quaker Meetinghouse Celebrates Marion Manley: Miami’s First Woman Architect

Marion ManleyMarion Manley is finally getting the recognition she deserved in her lifetime. Miami’s first woman architect, responsible for much of the design of the University of Miami’s mid-century modern architecture, was celebrated at the Miami Friends Meeting on Sunday, March 6, 2011 with a lecture and open house co-sponsored by Dade Heritage Trust as part of Dade Heritage Days.

Manley designed the simple Quaker structure, one of her last works, in keeping with Friends’ traditional simplicity and Manley’s own simple, open-to-nature style. 

Carie Penabad, of the UM School of Architecture and co-author of Marion Manley: Miami’s First Woman Architect, gave a Powerpoint presentation and signed books. Gwladys Scott, who lives in a house Manley built to her specifications, spoke about her experiences working with Manley. The lecture was followed by a tour of the Scott residence.