Riddle, Theodate Pope

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Riddle, Theodate Pope Gender: F
Effie Brooks Pope
born on 2 February 1867 at 23:59 (= 11:59 PM )
Place Salem (Perry County), Ohio, 39n41, 82w20
Timezone LMT m82w20 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 13°58' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 26°26 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 04°00'


American architect. She was one of the first American women architects as well as a survivor of the Lusitania.

She designed Hill-Stead, the family estate (now Hill-Stead Museum) in Farmington and designed and founded the famous Avon Old Farms School in Avon, as well as Westover School. She was also commissioned for the 1920 reconstruction of the birthplace in New York City of former President Theodore Roosevelt. She was a first cousin to the mother of architect Philip Johnson.

She survived the sinking of British ocean liner Lusitania when the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine on May 7, 1915.

On May 6, 1916 Theodate married John Wallace Riddle, who was a former American diplomat. She died on August 30, 1946 at her home in Farmington.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Other Misc. 7 May 1915 (Survived the sinking of British ocean liner Lusitania)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites her mother quoted in "Dearest of Geniuses: A Life of Theodate Pope Riddle" by Sandra L. Katz (Tide-mark Press, 2003), p. 2: "named Effie Brooks Pope. Ada later told Effie that she has been born at midnight, on February 2, 1867."


  • Vocation : Building Trades : Architect/ Planner