benjamin schwarz analyzes the role that middle-class mothers played in mid-century architecture in a recent atlantic monthly article, “where mother saw best.”
for example, writer alice t. friedman uses six houses – with primary owners being females – as case examples, using letters, diaries, and first person narrative to illustrate how the houses were used. main point being a sea change from victorian domestic architecture (kitchen hidden away at back, children’s rooms out of sight upstairs) to flexible, family-centric floorplans (kitchen at center of household, built in desks in family spaces, mother at the hub of action).
check it out:
alice friedman at amazon, $19.77.