Alice T. Friedman investigates how women patrons of architecture were essential catalysts for innovation in domestic architectural design. By looking at the Farnsworth House (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe), Hollyhock House (Frank Lloyd Wright), the Truus Schröder House (Gerrit Rietveld), the Constance Perkins House (Richard Neutra), and the Vanna Venturi House (Robert Venturi), she explores the challenges that unconventional attitudes and ways of life presented to architectural thinking—and to the architects themselves.

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