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Marya Lilien-Czarnecka (1900–1998)

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    Pauline Saliga

    If you can help this researcher, please reach out to him directly.  Thank you!

    I wish to broaden my knowledge about Marya Lilien-Czarnecka (1900–1998). She was born in Lviv and received her MA in architecture from Lviv Polytechnic University in 1931, and became the first woman apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. On her apprenticeship term, a visit to Lviv in 1937, and return to the USA from a war-ravaged Europe, she spent the summer of 1941 in Taliesin and then moved to Chicago, where she began teaching at the School of the Art Institute. There she organized an interior design program and was appointed Head of the Department of Interior Design, where she lectured until 1967. On her retirement from the Art Institute, she continued to teach architectural history at Columbia College in Chicago.

    Could I kindly ask you whether you are familiar with Marya’s colleagues, who could eventually share their memories?

    With best regards,

    Dr. Sergey Kravtsov,Research Fellow,
    Center for Jewish Art,
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
    Mount Scopus, Humanities Building,
    Jerusalem 9190501, IsraelTel.: (972-2) 5882281; Fax: (972-2) 5400105, ID: 0000-0003-1698-9100

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