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“A Room of One’s Own” - Manhattan Home for Professional Women

Part 1 Project 2020
Madeline Fairman
University of Notre Dame | USA
New York City is the cradle of ambition. She provides endless opportunities to those willing to carve out their niche. In the early twentieth century, thousands of women both young and old -Sylvia Plath, Grace Kelly, countless Jane Does- were able to find their place amongst a vibrant community of women at low-cost women’s boardinghouses. Today this type is nearly extinct.

Roaring back to life in this proposal, the century-old Webster Apartments prepares for a new era of driven New York women. This project fills a gap in a Hell’s Kitchen street, weaving a safe, welcoming entrance sequence around lively ground floor shops. This project advances and remolds the boardinghouse type, with plentiful common spaces for spontaneous networking and many more rooms to satisfy a constant demand. Durable masonry construction defines a temperature- moderating courtyard that affords natural light to every room. Transom windows, terrace gardens and renewable materials throughout create a sustainable environment that is built for New York’s next centuries.

The New Webster channels the accomplishments of architects like Rosario Candela and Fay Kellogg into the fabric of modern New York City - still gritty, ambitious, and beautiful.

Madeline Fairman


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