Catherine W. Zipf

Books and Essays

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater: American Architecture in the Depression Era

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater explores Wright's career at its lowest moment, the years of the Great Depression prior to his resurgence as America's greatest architect. In this groundbreaking study, Zipf reexamines Wright's work during the early 1930s to reveal the strategies he used to revive his career and how those strategies resulted in the commission for Fallingwater. Zipf's work places Fallingwater in an important context, that of a monument constructed during one of the worst times in American history.

"Almost as Good as a Frank Gehry: Doris Duke, Maya Lin, and the Gendered Politics of Public Space in Newport, Rhode Island"

Suffragette City: Women, Politics, and the Built Environment

Zipf's chapter in Suffragette City: Women, Politics, and the Built Environment reviews the recent controversy over the redesign of Queen Anne Square, in Newport, RI. During the design process, vigorous public debate pitted the legacy of Doris Duke, a local preservationist of mythic status in the city, against the modernity and femininity of architect Maya Lin. Zipf discusses how the debate established a new front line in architecture's gender wars.

"The Doctor is IN: Gender, Space, and Power in Lucy's Psychiatric Booth"

Peanuts and American Culture: Essays on Charles M. Schulz's Iconic Comic Strip

As a contributing author to Peanuts and American Culture: Essays on Charles M. Schulz's Iconic Comic Strip, Zipf explores the gender dynamic surrounding Lucy Van Pelt's psychiatric booth, from its first appearance in 1952 to the final years of the strip. Zipf shows how Lucy's booth operated as a gendered space, endowing the character with an alternative, if fictional, identity. Along the way, Zipf discusses Scultz's use of the character of Lucy to explore feminist ideas and the usage of the term "Feminism" within the strip's history.

"Surveys, Seminars, and Starchitects: Gender Studies and Architectural History Pedagogy in American Architectural Education"

A Gendered Profession: The Question of Representation in Space Making

Zipf's contribution to A Gendered Profession: The Question of Representation in Space Making examines the extent to which architectural history curricula have undermined efforts to diversify the field of architecture. By researching how gendered spaces are taught within American architecture schools, Zipf identifies the challenges to teaching the topic, explores options for how architectural history pedagogy could move beyond the traditional survey, and explains why this would prove beneficial to the field.

Professional Pursuits: Women and the American Arts and Crafts Movement

Professional Pursuits: Women and the American Arts and Crafts Movement

The award-winning Professional Pursuits: Women and the American Arts and Crafts Movement explores how Arts and Crafts philosophy helped women sidestep barriers to professional life. To document this trend, Zipf examines the careers of Hazel Wood Waterman, Mary Louise McLaughlin, Candace Wheeler, Adelaide Alsop Robineau and Irene Sargent in unprecedented detail. Professional Pursuits is now available in paperback from the University of Tennessee Press.

A Female Modernist in the Classical Capital: Chloethiel Woodard Smith and the Architecture of Southwest Washington, DC

A Female Modernist in the Classical Capital: Chloethiel Woodard Smith and the Architecture of Southwest Washington, DC

The culmination of a grant-funded project, A Female Modernist examines the career of Modern architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith and her designs for the Southwest quadrant of Washington, DC. Smith's career coincided with one of the most regressive periods in women's history. Yet, despite these obstacles, Smith had a robust and influential practice. Zipf examines this seeming dichotomy in further detail.


Articles, Op-Eds, and Blogs

Our Hidden History: Bristol's Enslaved People Endured Horror and Abuse
The Providence Journal, December 5, 2020

Neo-Solomonic Palladianism: Touro Synagogue and Its Women's Balcony, Newport, Rhode Island
Early American Studies, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Fall, 2019) p572-589

Women as Architecture Patrons in Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island
SAH Archipedia, July 1, 2019
Entries included:

Notes from the Road: Documenting Sites Listed in The Negro Motorist Green Book (co-authored with Anne E. Bruder and Susan Hellman)
Arris: The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 29 (2018) p52-55

The Providence Journal, 2018

"We Can Not Publish What We Can Not Procure": Women Readers as Content Providers in Keramic Studio, 1899-1924
American Periodicals: A Journal of History and Criticism, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2017) p140-164

Philemon Sturges: Rhode Island's Modernist Architect
Docomomo_US News/Special Edition--Unexpected Modernists: Lesser Known Architects and Designers, February 9, 2017

Wrought By Her Hands: The American Arts & Crafts Movement and its Women Practitioners
The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles, Vol. XVI, No. 11 (February 2017) p28-30

The Providence Journal, 2017

The Architecture of American Slavery: Teaching the Black Lives Matter Movement to Architects
Radical Teacher, November 23, 2016

The Providence Journal, 2016

Teaching Architecture & Gender: Why We're Still not Getting it Right
Architexx, October 6, 2015

Assimilation and Architecture: The Construction of an Irish Neighborhood, Newport, RI
Journal of City, Culture and Architecture, Vol. 1, No. 1 (July 30, 2015) p1-20

1.7 Percent is Not Progress: Diversity and Representation at National Parks and Monuments
Preservation Leadership Forum Blog, National Trust for Historic Preservation, March 25, 2015

The Providence Journal, 2015

"Research Notes: The Trials and Tribulations of Mapping Colonial Newport"
Buildings and Landscapes, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Fall 2014) p113-120 (Available via JSTOR)

The Providence Journal, 2014

Bristol-Warren Patch, 2011-2012