In the early 1990s the International Astronomical Union posted a call for names of “deceased women who have made outstanding or fundamental contributions to their field” for use in the designation of craters more than 20 kilometers in diameter on Venus.1 As the education director at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation at the time, I formally nominated architect Marion Mahony Griffin. While, unfortunately, there is yet no crater on Venus that officially carries her name, Mahony (1871–1961) has finally begun receiving the recognition she deserves for her contributions to the field of architecture in the early twentieth century.

Much of our previous understanding of this talented, yet marginalized, architect was...

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