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March 2018

New Haven Preservation Trust salutes all the women architects and designers who have shaped our world!

New Haven Spotlight: NATALIE DE BLOIS

Natalie Griffin de Blois (1921 – 2013) began her architectural career in 1944 at the New York firm of Ketchum, Gina and Sharpe where she was fired for “rebuffing the affections” of one of the firm’s male architects. She subsequently joined the architectural firm of Skidmore Owings and Merrill (S.O.M.) where she became known for her acumen in navigating “the male-dominated world of architecture.”

Working as a senior designer with architect Gordon Bunshaft, her projects at S.O.M. included several major commercial buildings on Park Avenue in NYC including Lever House (1952); the Pepsi Cola Headquarters (1959); and the former Union Carbide Building... more →