Margaret Supplee Smith


Margaret Supplee Smith
Harold W. Tribble Professor Emerita (2011)
American and Modern Architecture


American Ski Resort:
Architecture, Style, Experience
by Margaret Supplee Smith
“A lavishly illustrated exploration of the American ski resort and its evolution across time.
Focusing on destination ski resorts in New England, the Rocky Mountains, the Far West, and southern Canada, Smith examines the architecture of recreational skiing from the 1930s to 1990, showing how small, family-operated businesses evolved into the massive, theme-oriented, multipurpose ski establishments of today.”
University of Oklahoma Press (July 2013)
North Carolina Women Making History
by Margaret Supplee Smith and Emily Herring Wilson (University of North Carolina Press, 1999; paperback, 2007)
“The most comprehensive book of women’s history ever produced for a single state”
This lively and comprehensive volume—filled with narratives of adventure, hardship, achievement, and happiness, as well as the quieter day-to-day events of ordinary life—finally accords North Carolina women their long awaited place in history.
The authors bring together a wealth of materials to demonstrate how North Carolina women lived, from the dates of early native settlements to the end of World War II. Filled with names, places, colorful anecdotes, and more than 200 hundred photographs and documents that bring to life important moments on history, this is the first book to reveal the influence of women in shaping North Carolina’s character, economy, and values.
The narratives embedded in women’s history, presented chronologically, create an enormous landscape across time—broadly analyzed and meticulously detailed. By considering the particular contours of gender, race, class, religion, and geography, the authors reveal the diversity and complexity of women’s lives and experiences.
“This is a book for all North Carolinians of whatever race, age or sex . . . . It does more than add a dimension to North Carolina history: it significantly reorders the past.”
– Anne Firor Scott, Duke University
“Charles Barton Keen, 1868-1931” NC Architects & Builders (2013)
“Aspen’s Twentieth-Century Architecture: Modernism: 1945-1975” City of Aspen (2010)

In the News
The Golden Age of Ski Resorts,
Retired professor Peggy Smith explores the evolution of ski resorts in a new book
by Kerry M. King (’85), Wake Forest Magazine
Why would an architectural historian spend more than a decade writing a book on, of all things, the architecture of American ski resorts?
She presents a compelling case that ski resorts are a distinctly American type of architecture and one worthy of study. It’s just what you’d expect from Smith: to draw you into something and leave you captivated.
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Outdoors through lens of architecture
by Lisa O’Donnell, Winston-Salem Journal
After a decade researching North Carolina women, Margaret Supplee Smith needed a break.
“I was ready to go outside,” Smith said.
She plunged headlong into the world of skiing…The result is “American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience,” a stunning book that blends scholarly research with spectacular photographs of snowy landscapes and resorts, handsome enough to rest on a coffee table next to any high-brow art book.
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Evolution of U.S. Resort Designby E. John B. Allen, Media Reviews, Skiing Heritage, (September-October 2013):35
In American Ski Resort, Margaret Smith analyzes the vision, planning and construction that created North America’s winter mountain culture. She tells the story in 300 pages, punctuated by more than 300 well-chosen images of resorts, hotels and restaurants, houses and condominiums in New England, the Rockies, California and British Columbia.
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Recounting Peggy Smith’s “Last” Lecture, “Architecture Matters”by Maria Henson (‘82), “The Deacon Blog”
I remember studying the slide of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, and wondering why my art history professors made such a big deal of a bizarre, unfinished monstrosity church by a wacky dreamer named Antoni Gaudi. Then, nine years after graduation, I found myself standing in front of the church in awe of the unfinished, magnificent masterpiece. It had not come to life in a slide box in Scales but in the words of professors such as Peggy and the late Bob Knott. I remembered my Wake Forest art history professors in gratitude on that day of awe in Barcelona. They had been right all along.
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Living the American Dream: Peggy Smith’s First-year seminar focuses on home ownership and includes working on Habitat for Humanity projects
From the “The Grapes of Wrath,” to the Christmas movie classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” to a recent essay by New York Times Columnist David Brooks on how “The American Dream is Changing,” students draw on varied resources to form their own ideas about where home ownership fits in American culture.
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“A Legacy of Women’s Education” [From] Stephens, Latest News. Events, and Info from Stephens College (November 2013)
“Fresh Ink” Brown Alumni Magazine (September/October 2013)
“Do we have any skiers out there?” by Betsy Chapman, Wake Forest, Parents’ Blog (October 11, 2013)
“The New Anti-Ski House” by Alyssa Abkowitz, Wall Street Journal Online (November 8, 2012) | View » Evolution of a Ski Lodge
“Rise and Fall” by David Fyten, Wake Forest Magazine (June 2006)

AboutAfter receiving her PhD from Brown University, Smith taught at Boston University where she was the founding director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. A four-term chair of the Department of Art, she has taught art and architectural history at Wake Forest since 1979 and helped to establish the college’s Women’s Studies Program. She coordinated the North Carolina Women’s History Project for the NC Museum of History and curated the exhibition that opened the museum’s new building in 1994. She co-authored the award-winning North Carolina Women: Making History (UNC Press, 1999). She has lectured and written widely on ski resort architecture and consulted for the city of Aspen on its modern architecture. Her recent research on the American Ski Resort: Architecture, Experience and Style was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in July 2013.