Carla Blank

Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel: Two Pioneer Women Architects of Nineteenth Century North America

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Co-authored by Carla Blank and Tania Martin, "Storming the Old Boys' Citadel" focuses on the lives and works of two of the very first women of European American ancestry to practice architecture in North America during the 19th century: Mother Joseph du Sacré-Coeur, a Sister of Providence, born Esther Pariseau, in St. Elzéar, Quebec in 1823 and died in Vancouver, Washington, 1902; and Louise Blanchard Bethune, born in Waterloo, New York, 1856 and died in Buffalo, New York, 1913.

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Social Science, Biography, Art History
"Women" and "Architecture" were once mutually exclusive. In an 1891 address, Louise Blanchard Bethune declared, "it is hardly safe to assert" that a connection even exists between the two words. Mother Joseph du Sacré-Coeur, a Sister of Providence born Esther Pariseau, in St. Elzéar, Quebec, is credited with works built in the present states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, northern Oregon, and in the province of British Columbia. For her contributions, Mother Joseph was honored by the State of Washington as one of two people to represent it in the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C. Louise Blanchard Bethune designed and built works in Buffalo and adjoining Western New York areas. She was the first American woman to open her own architecture office (1881), the first woman recognized by her peers, when she was elected to membership in the professional organization, the Western Association of Architects (1885), and the first woman to become both a member and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (1888, 1889). "Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel" follows the evolving histories of two Revival-styled multi-use public buildings considered to be these women’s major works. Listed on the United States’ National Register of Historic Places, they have both continued to function, with extensive additions and other changes made to each architect’s original structure, for the communities where their architects lived. These two women were among thirty-some North American women whose studies or work as architects began before the turn of the twentieth century. Published by Baraka Books, a Quebec-based English-language book publisher specialized in creative and political non-fiction, history and historical fiction, and fiction, the book addresses issues of lost or hidden North American history.
Short fiction anthology
Edited with Ishmael Reed, this survey of American fiction (Da Capo Press, 2009) is a companion volume to "From Totems to Hip-Hop:A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry across the Americas, 1900-2002 (Thunder's Mouth Books, 2003)
20th Century History/Reference
Timeline format, paper, 479 pages, over 100 black & white photographs, index (ISBN#: 0-609-80784-6)
Anthology of Performing Arts Techniques and Styles. Grades 4 and up.
Coauthored with Jody Roberts, "Live On Stage!" is available in teacher resource and student editions. The Teacher Resource Book is an anthology of methods for incorporating the performing arts into any classroom or community setting. Scripts, background information, and photos of kids "in action" are included. (253 pages: Pearson Learning Group Order #: DS31500; ISBN#: 1-57232-209-8)The Student Edition provides activities and projects for researching performance genres--from fifteenth-century comedy to modern film, dance, and more. (260 pages. Pearson Learning Group Order#: DS31414; ISBN#: 1-57232-374-4)