Eileen Michels

Professor Emerita
B.A. magna cum laude, M.A., Ph.D., Art History, University of Minnesota
M.A., Library Science, University of Minnesota
Université Paris-Sorbonne: studied Hector Guimard Marcel Brio advisor)
American School of Classical Studies, Athens, studied Greek Byzantine architecture
(651) 646-4759

Established the Art History Department, University St. Thomas, 1978

Chair, 1978-88

Professor Emerita, 1992


19th-20th century European and American architecture, Harvey Ellis, 19th-century pen and ink architectural rendering, Frank Lloyd Wright, American  Arts and Crafts movement, The Prairie School, Edwin Lundie FAIA, 19th and 20th-century glass


Phi Beta Kappa 1947

Fulbright, Paris, 1956-57

NEH Summer Grant, Athens, 1980

Vincent Scully Jr. Research Grant, given by the Architectural History Foundation, 1994

Selected Publications

“The Early Drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright”, JSAH, December, 1971, pp. 294-303

“Late Nineteenth Century Published American Perspective Renderings”, JSAH December 1972, pp. 291-308

Edwin Hugh Lundie FAIA, exhibition and catalogue, Minnesota Museum of Art, 1972

A Landmark Reclaimed – The Old Federal Courts Building, St. Paul, Minnesota Landmarks, 1977

An Architectural View, Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts 1883-1974, exhibition and catalog, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1974

“Alice O’Brien”, biographical chapter in Barbara Stuhler and Gretchen Kreuter, eds., Women in Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota Historical Society, 1977; reprinted 2002

“Edwin  Hugh Lundie”, biographical chapter in Dale Mulfinger, The Architecture of Edwin Lundie, St. Paul, Minnesota Historical Society, 2007, pp 523-25 (won a Minnesota Book Award, 2006)

Reconfiguring Harvey Ellis, Minneapolis, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2004, 364 pp., (won the David Stanley Gebhard Award, 2006.)

Modern Architecture, 19th and 20th Century European and American Architecture, 110 pp. privately printed UST course syllabus revised/updated annually 1978-1996

Academic Committees and Honors

Board member of the Society of Architectural Historians, 1976-79

Secretary, Society of Architectural Historians, 1981-86

Local chair, annual Society of Architectural Historians meeting held in Minneapolis, 1984

Co-founder, the Minnesota Chapter of Society of Architectural Historians, 1974.

Professor at the College of St. Thomas and the University of St. Thomas, 1974-1996

Founder of the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History, 1978

Retired from full-time teaching, 1992 and part-time teaching, 1996.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Ellis, Harvey”: Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects; Encyclopedia Britannica; Macmillan Dictionary of Ar; Grove Dictionary of Art

“Buffington, Leroy Sunderland”: Grove Dictionary of Art

Society of Architectural Historians Affiliation 1958-2018


Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians

Member since 1958; Patron 1977, Life 1985, named a Fellow in 2012

SAH Director 1976-79  

SAH Secretary 1982-86, established first formal liaison between SAH and its chapters

Chair, Alice Davis Hitchcock Award 1981 (recipient was Richard Krautheimer for Rome, Profile of

A City) 312-1308)

Chair: Ethics Committee

Co-Chair, with Tom Martinson, of the SAH annual meeting in Minneapolis, 1984

Co-leader, with David Gebhard, of the 1995 5-day tour: The Prairie School Tradition in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa

Selected Papers & Public Lectures

The Architectural designs of Harvey Ellis (SAH 1961)

American Persp4ctive Rendering (SAH 1972)

Kenzo Tange (2 lectures, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 1974)

“Doing History” and the Autobiography of Frank LLoyd wright (SAh 1980)

Frank Lloyd Wright: Autobiography and Biography 1989 (CAA 1984)

Which Canon Are We Talking About And Who Said So? (CAA 1993)

Harvey Ellis: Separating Fact From Fiction ( Minnesota Chapterr SAH, 2007)

Historic Preservation

State Review Board, 1976-1986 (Nominates properties to the National Register)

St. Paul Heritage Preservation  Commission, 1982-86 (Designates historic properties in the city


Funded, with my husband Joseph Michels, the annual Quad Award for Undergraduate Arrchitectural History, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University  1990

I maintain an online blog, Reconfiguring Harvey Ellis, in order to present significant information about Ellis that has been discovered since the 2004 publication of my book about him.

Some of my other writings and research material now are in the Eileen Manning Michels collection, Northwest Architectural Archives, Andersen Library, University of Minnesota

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