Harriet Abigail Morrison Irwin

General Information

Occupation: Housekeeper, Writer

Date of Birth: 1828

Date of Death: 1897

Birth City: Mecklenburg County

Birth State/Province: North Carolina

Birth Country: United States

Resident City: Charlotte

Resident State/Province: North Carolina

Resident Country: United States

Notes: She did not like cleaning the dirt from the corners of the rooms, so she designed and built a hexagonal house that had no sharp corners, without any formal architectural training. She became the first woman to receive a patent for an architectural innovation on August 24, 1869. She later designed and built at least two more houses.

Sources: cchttp://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/ncwomen.htm http://epics.ecn.purdue.edu/iwt/pciki/GAW/Northcarolina.html


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Notable Projects

Title: US Patent for architectural innovation, a hexogonal house


Institution: Institute for Female Education, Salem, North Carolina

Notes: Now Salem College

Institution: Home schooled by her father

Notes: Her father, the Reverend Robert Hall Morrison, was the first president of Davidson College


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Publications By

Title: History of Charlotte, North Carolina

Publication: Home Democrat

City: Charlotte

State: North Carolina

Country: United States

Date Published: 1882

Title: The Hermit of Petraea

Publication: novel

Date Published: 1871

Notes: a novel, published 1871; various other articles

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