Friday, April 03, 2015

Miss Chapman and Mrs. Cane

There is scarcely a woman houseworker in the world who, if asked, would not be able to give a concise description of her conception of the ideal house from the housekeeper's point of view. After all it is the housekeeper whose work is centred in the home, and she ought, above all people, to be consulted in the drawing up of architectural plans, says an exchange.

Women are becoming more and more interested in architecture, both from the artistic and the utility point of view. Among the number of women who have taken up house designing as a profession, two notable names are those of Miss Chapman who began her work some twenty-five years ago over a draughting board in an architect's office in Boston, and Mrs. May Cane, one of our most distinguished British women architects.

Mrs. Cane, who has been elected the first woman member of the Concrete Institute for Architects and Engineers, had no special training for the profession of which she is a distinguished member. She has always taken an interest in architecture, especially from the point of view of adapting the construction of the house to labour-saving devices.

Mrs. Cane is the designer of a new type of bungalow with fitted furniture, adapted to save domestic labour. The idea is to build the furniture into the dwelling, so that there is nothing to move, no space for the accumulation of dust, cupboards are under the fixed bed, chests of drawers form part of the dressing table. The kitchen is a model of labour-saving appurtenances built into the room. Bookcases, and even settees, are part of the structure, and not of its movable appointments.

New Zealand Herald
17 June 1922
Page 4

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