Springs architect earns state Women’s Hall of Fame spot

Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, a Colorado Springs architect who passed away in September, will be inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, along with nine other women, in March.

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Frank Lloyd Wright, Wright Ingraham was the architect for about 150 buildings in Colorado Springs.

“These extraordinary women have made significant contributions to their fields or blazed trails in society, said Elizabeth Heid, chair of the Women’s Hall of Fame, in a news release. “They will join the other 132 remarkable women who have shared vision, ideals and accomplishment to become inductees into the Hall of Fame.”

Contemporary inductees into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame are: Christine Arguello, U.S. District Court Judge; Lauren Casteel, first African American woman to head a Colorado foundation; Penny Hamilton, Ph.D; pilot, aviation educator; Kristina Johnson, Ph.D., internationally acknowledged expert in optics and crystal display technology; Joanne Maguire, aerospace executive who led the development of the Mars Rover; and Diana Wall, Ph.D.; environmental scientist who has a valley in Antarctica named after her.

Historical inductees are: Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, architect and businesswoman who designed AIA-award winning buildings in Colorado Springs; (Elizabeth) Morley Cowles Ballantine, Durango Herald publisher, businesswoman and philanthropist; Julia Archibald Holmes, pioneer and women’s rights advocate; and Helen Ring Robinson, first female Colorado State Senator.

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame gala induction ceremony will be held March 20, at the Denver Marriott City Center, hosted by Linda Alvarado, honorary chair and inductee in both the Colorado and National Women’s Halls of Fame.

Founded in 1985, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame inspires others by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s extraordinary women, including those who have achieved greatness in their fields or acted as agents of change for girls and women in society.

To view photos and profiles of current inductees, visit www.cogreatwomen.org and click “The Hall” button to locate links to contemporary and historical members.