Saturday, February 2, 2008

Joel Roberts' Life in Mobile????

The myriad of questions surrounding Joel Ninde’s life revolve around her early life and times. As an adult woman, Joel Ninde designed and built over three hundred houses in Fort Wayne dating from 1901 until her death in April 7th, 1916, but information regarding her education and how she first became motivated to become an architect are obscure. Very little information is recorded about any of the schools Joel attended or about any family background in the field of architecture. Did Joel receive a formal education or training in architecture or did she learn her trade from apprenticing with family members? In an age when women traditionally stayed home to take care of their family, what was the impetus that drove Joel to pursue a non-traditional role and what type of education and careers did other women in Joel’s family aspire towards?

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