History Talk | Designing Women: A Lesbian Couple in the Arts & Crafts Movement 

The Williams-Palmer Residence (1913) at 1039 Broadway in San Francisco, designed by Emily Williams as a home for her and her partner, Lillian Palmer. The couple lived in the house until the 1920s. Photo: Shayne Watson.
At center right: The Williams-Palmer Residence (1913) at 1039 Broadway in San Francisco. Photo: Shayne Watson.
Thursday, March 15
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco

Admission: $5.00  |  Free for members

Architectural historian Inge Horton and novelist Linda Ulleseit will present their research on architect Emily Williams and her partner, metalwork artist Lillian Palmer.

Active in Northern California cultural circles in the first half of the 20th century, the women met in 1898 and became life partners, supporting each other’s careers in traditionally male occupations.

Together they built Williams’ first building, a cottage in Pacific Grove in 1904. Both contributed work to the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition, and they went on to make significant contributions to the design heritage of the region.

The talk is presented in conjunction with “Faces From the Past,” an exhibit in the Main Gallery of the GLBT History Museum that looks at LGBTQ lives in Northern California before 1930.