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Henrietta Dozier

Metro Atlanta
April 22, 1872 - Atlanta

She was the first female architect in Georgia and the first woman in the South to receive formal architectural training.
Henrietta Dozier was born in Fernandina, Florida, in 1872, and moved to Atlanta when she was 2 years old. Dozier studied Beaux-Arts classicism at the Pratt Institute in New York. At 27, she earned her architecture degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1901 until 1916, she practiced architecture in Atlanta, working with designer Walter Downing. Dozier was the third woman and the first Southern woman granted membership in the American Institute of Architects. She and five other Atlanta architects established the Atlanta chapter in 1906.
Dozier successfully lobbied to require architects in Georgia to be licensed, and helped establish a scholarship fund for the new School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. Dozier moved to Jacksonville in 1916, where she designed the federal reserve building, churches, and dwellings. She continued to practice until her death in 1947.
The first female architect in Georgia was born on April 22, 1872, Today in Georgia History.

Fast Fact

Henrietta Dozier, who never married, was known as "Uncle Harry," "Harry," or "Cousin Harry" after her father.

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