Mary Almy

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Mary Almy
Born 1883
Beverly Farms, Beverly, Massachusetts, United States
Died (1967-07-29)July 29, 1967
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Alma mater Radcliffe College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation Architect
Parent(s) Helen Jackson Cabot Almy and Judge Charles Almy
Practice Howe, Manning & Almy, Inc.

Mary Almy (1883–1967) was an American architect, and a partner at Howe, Manning & Almy, Inc., one of the first architecture firms founded by women in the United States. She studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1917-1919.

Early life and education

Almy grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She had polio as a child and walked with crutches throughout her life. In 1905 she graduated from Radcliffe College. She worked as a teacher before developing an interest in architecture. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1919 after three years of study. Prior to her education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Almy designed a summer home for her family on Cape Cod.[1]


Almy worked as a drafter at a London based architectural firm called Collcut and Hamp, for two years. In the 1920s she became a drafter for the Boston firm owned by Lois Lilley Howe and Eleanor Manning, who had also attended MIT. In 1926 she became a member of the American Institute of Architects and a partner at Howe, Manning & Almy, Inc.[2] Despite surviving the Great Depression, the firm closed in 1937 after Howe retired. Manning and Almy continued in private practice. Almy also worked with landscape architect Henrietta Pope.[1]


Mary Almy's papers reside in the collection for Howe, Manning and Almy at MIT.[3] The Almy family papers are located at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c Sarah Allaback (23 May 2008). The first American women architects. University of Illinois Press. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-252-03321-6. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Featured Special Collection: Howe, Manning & Almy papers | MIT Libraries News". 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  3. ^ "Guide to the Records of Howe, Manning & Almy, Inc. and the Papers of Lois Lilley Howe, Eleanor Manning O'Connor, and Mary Almy MC.0009". Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  4. ^ "Almy family. Papers of the Almy family, 1649-1967 (inclusive), 1835-1967 (bulk): A Finding Aid". Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. Retrieved 2016-05-18.

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