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IAWA database information for Harriet Abigail Morrison Irwin 

Name Harriet Abigail Morrison Irwin
Occupation Housekeeper, Writer
Year of Birth 1828
Year of Death 1897
City of Birth Mecklenburg County
State/Province of Birth North Carolina
Country of Birth United States
City of Residence Charlotte
State/Province of Residence North Carolina
Country of Residence United States
Notes She did not like cleaning the dirt from the corners of the rooms, so she designed and built a hexagonal house that had no sharp corners, without any formal architectural training. She became the first woman to receive a patent for an architectural innovation on August 24, 1869. She later designed and built at least two more houses.
Sources cchttp://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/ncwomen.htm http://epics.ecn.purdue.edu/iwt/pciki/GAW/Northcarolina.html

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Last Updated on: Thursday, 08-November-2003 19:55:28 EDT