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Rodeck, Melita, b.1914


Biographical Note

Melita Rodeck was born on April 12, 1914, in Milan, Italy, to Austrian parents. After the outbreak of World War I her family returned to Vienna where she was educated. She enrolled at the Vienna Polytechnic in 1932 to study architecture, and immigrated to the United States in 1939. Upon arriving in the United States she spent four years volunteering in the Harlem slums. In 1950 she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for the General Services Administration of the U.S. federal government. She became a registered architect of the District of Columbia in 1952 and established her own office in 1958, where she designed residences in Maryland and Virginia and restored townhouses in Washington, D.C.

From 1968 to 1973 Rodeck worked as an architect for special research projects at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, then from 1973 to 1980 as a coordinator for architectural research for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was a program manager of Radiological Emergency Preparedness Programs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 1980 to 1985 and designed guidelines to minimize or eliminate flood damage to buildings. She retired from federal government work in 1985.

Rodeck was a devout Catholic and in the 1960s established the Regina Institute of Sacred Art, an organization dedicated to aiding Catholic parishes in their design and decoration efforts. The institute aimed to educate parishioners about the emotional impact of and psychological need for good design.

Found in 19 Collections and/or Records:

Architectural drawing, Hotel Prince Frederick, Prince Frederick MD., n.d. (Ms1992-028)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1992-028_MelitaRodeck_MC15D2F03_ArchitecturalDrawing_nd

Architectural Drawing [in pencil], Melita Rodeck, Vienna, Austria, 1931 (Ms1992-028)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1992-028_MelitaRodeck_MC15D3F5_ArchitecturalDrawing_1931

Architectural Drawing, Residence for Miss Mary wallace, Dare's Beach Md., December 30, 1958 (Ms1992-028)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1992-028_MelitaRodeck_MC15D2F01_ArchitecturalDrawing_1958_1230

Architectural Drawings, Residence for Miss Inez Yeager, Accokeek MD., October 26, 1959 (Ms1992-028)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1992-028_MelitaRodeck_MC15D1F10_ArchitecturalDrawing_1959_1026

Architectural Drawings, Residence of Miss Marguerite Mondlock, Port Republic Md., February 1964 (Ms1992-028)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1992-028_MelitaRodeck_MC15D2F04_ArchitecturalDrawing_1964_02

Correspondence, Melita Rodeck to Milka Bliznakov, December 31, 2001 (Ms1992-028)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1992-028_MelitaRodeck_B1F4_Correspondence_2001_1231

Linocut print, Melita Rodeck Christmas Card, nd (Ms1992-028)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1992-028_MelitaRodeck_B1F4_LinocutPrint_nd

Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection

Identifier: Ms-1992-028

The Melita Rodeck Architectural Collection consist of architectural drawings designed by her while in private practice and as an employee of the U.S. federal government.

Dates: 1931 - 2003; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1990

Sketchbook, Melita Rodeck, January, 1965 (Ms1992-028)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1992-028_MelitaRodeck_MC15D3F3_Sketchbook_1965_01

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Digital Record 18
Collection 1
Architectural drawings (visual works) 18
Women -- History 14
Woodcut (prints) 5
Student Drawings 3
Sketchbooks 2
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