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Bonnet House Speaker Series

April 17, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Two Women & The Pavilion

Bonnet House presents this newly added lecture and screening to its Speaker Series honoring pathbreaking Orlando architects Ida Annah Ryan and Isabel Roberts.

The program will feature an introduction by Claire Vickery, Founder of Grace Arts Center and producer of this documentary, followed by a screening of the short 2022 documentary film, “Pavilion on the Water,” highlighting especially Roberts’ role in Ryan and Roberts’ design for the 1924 bandstand at Orlando’s Lake Eola Park.

The film is about Frank Lloyd Wright’s first female employee, Isabel Roberts, who eventually closed FLW’s Oak Park Chicago office and moved to Florida to join another female architect, Ida Ryan, who was the first to receive an architecture degree in the U.S. and the first from MIT to also graduate with an architectural engineering certificate. Their firm was commissioned by the City of Orlando to design a futuristic pavilion in the middle of Lake Eola in 1924 and their work was part of the City Beautiful Movement championed by Orlando long before the arrival of the amusement parks.

The film and discussion will highlight the achievements of these two remarkable women and the obstacles they faced as architects in a profession in which women continue to be in the minority.  Click here to view the trailer.

The film was produced in 2022 by the Grace Arts Center with support from a Florida Resources Board grant and the Orlando Foundation for Architecture (OFA) and features Central Florida historians and architects.

This lecture will be offered in person and virtually via Zoom.   Click on the links below to register.  If you register for the virtual lecture you will receive a Zoom link the Friday before the lecture.

Free for Members, $5 for Non-members   (All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable)

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April 17, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
900 N. Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 United States
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