The Juliet Peddle Architectural Drawings collection represents architectural drawings, sketches, industrial design drawings, and holiday cards from the career and travels of Juliet Peddle, the first female architect licensed to practice in the state of Indiana. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Peddle (1899-1979) graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1922 and started her career working at prominent architecture firms in Chicago.
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During her time in Chicago, Peddle and seven other women architects founded a professional organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating the work of women architects. Known as the Women’s Architectural Club of Chicago, the organization held exhibitions at their firms, produced publications, and exhibited at the first Women’s World’s Fair in Chicago in 1927. Juliet also traveled extensively through Europe, producing numerous sketches of historical buildings, canals, and other old world architecture that captured her interest.
The Great Depression affected many architects and it was during this time that Peddle left Chicago and moved home to Terre Haute, where she would work until her death in 1979. She was known for her modern designs and her skillful drawings, as well as her interest in historic preservation.