Elizabeth (Lisl) Close

General Information

Occupation: Architect

Date of Birth: January 01, 1912

Birth City: Vienna

Birth Country: Austria

Resident State/Province: Minnesota

Resident Country: United States

Sources: "Elizabeth Close, FAIA, Gold Medal Winner." Sparks: AIA Minnesota, a Society of the American Institute of Architects 15 (2002): 1. 2 June 2008 http://www.closehomes.org/060605_aia_sept_sparks.pdf http://closehomes.org/article.php?article=star_trib_2002



Employer: Close Associates

Title: Co-founder, Architect

State: Minnesota

Country: United States

Start Date: January 01, 1939

Notes: with her husband Winston Close. see Close Associate papers: http://special.lib.umn.edu/findaid/xml/naa078.xml


Name: Winston A. Close

Project: various

Notes: husband and architect


No apprenticeships on record


Name: AIA Minnesota Gold Metal

Date Received: January 01, 2002


No exhibitions on record

Notable Projects

Title: Duff House in Wayzata

Notes: awarded the AIA MN 1959 Honorable Mention and the AIA MN 1988 25-Year Award

Title: Skywater: an earth-sheltered cabin on the St. Croix

Description: a summer retreat cabin and furniture made from fir plywood and cotton clothesline

Start Date: January 01, 1940

Notes: commissioned by University of Minnesota English professor Joseph Warren Beach and his wife, writer Dagmar Doneghy Beach.

Title: Gray Freshwater Biological Institute in Navarre

Title: Rood House

City: Minneapolis

State: Minnesota

Country: United States

Title: University Grove

Description: 14 houses in an academic housing village at the University of Minnesota


Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Department: Architecture

End Date: January 01, 1935

Notes: Close was the only woman in her graduating class


No licenses on record

Professional Affiliations

Organization: American Institute of Architects, AIA

Role: Fellow

Publications By

No publications by on record

Publications About

Title: Minnesotans' Natural Talents: Homegrown Furnishings for Easy, Casual Living

Author: David Anger

Publication: Minnesota Magazine

Page: 76-77

Date Published: January 01, 1998

Notes: April 1998.

Title: Rustic Modernism for Sale

Author: Madon Riddle

Publication: The Pioneer Press

Date Published: January 01, 1998

Url: http://www.closehomes.org/article.php?article=pio_press_1998