Armstrong, Alice McKee

Alice McKee Armstrong

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  • Columbia School of Architecture
  • Memphis College of Art

Years of practice

1939–1956 (estimated)

Professional organizations

  • Joined AIA in 1949




Alice McKee Armstrong was a president of the Memphis College of Art and former chairman of the City Beautiful Commission. Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the board of trustees of the Memphis College of Art for 45 years and became a trustee emeriti in 1992. The school gave her an honorary doctorate of humanities degree in 1978. Mrs. Armstrong led the City Beautiful Commission when it established 27 mini-parks across the city. A graduate of the Columbia School of Architecture in New York, she received an architect’s license in about 1939, believed to be the first given to a woman in Tennessee. She worked for a Memphis architect until her marriage and took part in the design of East High School and the downtown First Tennessee National Bank building. She was a duchess of Memphi, a Cotton Carnival society, in about 1952.