Author Elizabeth Garber discusses life as a Mid-Century Modern Architect's daughter

Elizabeth Garber is giving three talks about Modern Architecture in Cincinnati this week. Garber will discuss work by her father and grandfather, Woodie and FW Garber, and read excerpts from her new book Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect's Daughter

Woodie Garber designed the Modernist, low-rise Cincinnati Public Library of 1955, which was much admired then and is still an active public building and landmark downtown. Mostly, he was commissioned for private residences. This memoir is about the life she, her brothers, and mother led in the structure intended as their Glendale dream house, on which they collaborated beginning in 1966—a years-long effort that, while physically taxing, proved absolutely grueling emotionally.

Architectural Record calls Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect's Daughter " un-put-downable book; Elizabeth, a poet, acupuncturist, and mother, has, like an architect—ecologically using salvage materials—taken the shock and trauma of the family’s disintegration and built from them a powerful narrative you are reluctant to leave."

Now residing in Belfast, Maine, Elizabeth Garber is looking forward to seeing old Cincinnati friends on her book tour. Stop by and say hello at any of these three events:

Design Inspirations for Architect Woodie Garber’s Glendale, Ohio Residence
Tuesday, June 26, 6pm. Reception, Program, & Dinner
Sponsored by Glendale Heritage Preservationists (GHP)
Location: Meritage Restaurant
40 Village Square
Glendale, OH 45246
Make Reservations with GHP: Email [email protected] or call 513.771.8722

Presentation and Book signing at Main Library, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7 pm
800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
There will be a slideshow presentation of Woodie Garber’s work. Copies of Implosion will be available for purchase. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. For more information, call 513-369-6900 or visit

An Architect’s Daughter In Cincinnati: A Presentation at the Mercantile Library
Thursday, June 28, 2018 6:30 Reception, 7pm Program
414 Walnut St. #1100
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Free and open to the public. Reservations required: 513.621.0717 or email: [email protected]
For more information, visit Mercantile Library here
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