Lutah Maria Riggs

A Portrait of a Modern Revival-Style Architect

Authored by: Volker M. Welter

The Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture

Print publication date:  June  2021
Online publication date:  June  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367232344
eBook ISBN: 9780429278891
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Today, the University of California Berkeley–trained architect Lutah Maria Riggs (1896–1984) is mostly acknowledged as a supreme designer of revival-style buildings in Santa Barbara and Southern California. Constant in Riggs’s long professional life, however, was not an architectural style but individual clients and single-family and detached houses. Many, if not most, of Riggs’s clients could afford to commission individually designed houses, and they understood the design of such homes as an extension of the personality of the owner.

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