Landmark Series: Small Concrete Houses at Rochester, N.Y.


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Title: Landmark Series: Small Concrete Houses at Rochester, N.Y.

Author(s): Mary K. Hurd

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 25

Issue: 12

Appears on pages(s): 30-38


Date: 12/1/2003

In the late 1940s during my first tour of duty as an ACI staff member, Harvey Whipple told me about Kate Gleason. Whipple, who was ACI’s Secretary- Treasurer (as the society executive was then designated), remarked that a "woman contractor" had built some concrete houses and reported on them at an ACI convention. I found the paper in the 1922 ACI Proceedings but nearly forgot about it until I was recently asked to suggest a piece for the landmark paper series. As I looked for some illustrations to complement the original paper, I learned that Kate Gleason might better be called the first lady of concrete rather than merely a woman contractor. Although ACI has no records to document it, she is believed to have been the first woman member of the American Concrete Institute.