Anna Wagner Keichline

General Information

Occupation: Architect

Date of Birth: May 05, 1889

Date of Death: February 05, 1943

Birth City: Bellefonte

Birth State/Province: Pennsylvania

Birth Country: United States

Resident Country: United States

Notes: First registered woman architect in Pennsylvania. Also the Inventor: U.S. Patent for K-brick.

Archive/Repository: IAWA, Special Collections Newman Library, Ms89-016 ; IAWA Online Inventory at :

Sources: Doering, Erika, Rachel Sivitzky, and Rebecca Welz. Goddess in the Details: Product Design by Women: an Exhibition Organized by the Association of Women Industrial Designers and the Department of Exhibitions At Pratt Institute. New York City: Association of Women Industrial Designers, 1994.


Subject: Inventions

Subject: Residential


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Name: Patent

Description: new sink design

Date Received: January 01, 1912

Name: Patent

Description: K Brick, a clay building block for hollow wall construction, with predetermined fracture points for custom fitting at the job site


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Notable Projects

Title: Decker House

City: Bellefonte

State: Pennsylvania

Country: United States



Institution: Cornell University

Degree: Architecture


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Professional Affiliations

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Publications By

Title: "Modern Wall Construction"

Publication: Clay Worker

Date Published: June 01, 1932

Publications About

Title: Goddess in the Details: product design by women

Author: Erika Doering, Rachel Sivitzky, Rebecca Welz

Publisher: Association of Women Industrial Designers (AWID)

City: New York City

Date Published: January 01, 1994

Notes: published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by The Association of Women Industrial Designers and the Department of Exhibitions at Pratt Institute

Title: The patents of a design pioneer: Anna Wagner Keichline

Author: Nancy J Perkins

Publication: Innovation

Volume: 10

Issue: 2

Page: 13-16

Date Published: January 01, 1991

Notes: Spring 1991. Profile of USA pioneer industrial designer and architect, Anna Wagner Keichline. Looks at four design patents awarded for multiple-use - a kitchen sink (1912), kitchen 'units' (1926), a folding bed for apartments (1929) and the 'K Brick Building Block' (1927).