They Built Kansas City: Mary Rockwell Hook

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Women in Architecture

The women architects who helped shape Kansas City neighborhoods and beyond are the subject of the second season of They Built Kansas City, a series examining the work of architects responsible for some of the city’s most recognizable structures.

All programs in the series begin at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

On Sunday, June 14, Tom Cooke discusses the work of Mary Rockwell Hook.

A pioneer for women in architecture, Hook’s best known designs in Kansas City are residences located in Sunset Hills near Loose Park. One of her designs was the first in Kansas City to include a swimming pool, while another was the first to have an attached garage.

Although the American Institute of Architects had denied Hook admission because of her sex, the professional association presented her with a plaque for distinguished service on her 100th birthday in 1977. She died one year later.

They Built Kansas City: Mary Rockwell Hook

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