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A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950

Marta Gutman


This book tells how women repurposed buildings to make California a better place for children. It starts during the Gold Rush in San Francisco and moves to Oakland, after the transcontinental railroad arrived in 1869. In the gendered mixed economy of social welfare that prevailed in the United States during the nineteenth century, government counted on women to care for needy children and women were eager to oblige. They formed voluntary associations to organize services and acquire property, set up nodes in the charitable landscape, and deliver the interests of children first to the charitabl ... More

Keywords: repurposed buildings, social welfare, voluntary associations, orphanages, free kindergartens, settlement houses, playgrounds, day nurseries, migration, slum clearance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226311289
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226156156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marta Gutman, author
Associate Professor, Architectural and Urban history, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York