Eleanor Karp

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Dates of Birth and Death

d. 2006

Years of practice

1949–1996 (estimated)

Professional organizations

  • Joined AIA in 1959

Major projects

  • Eldred Residence – Belvedere, CA
  • Public Housing – Marin City, CA

Related websites


California, New York, Vermont, landscape, residential


Graduating with degrees in architecture from Cooper Union in 1951 and in 1953 from Pratt Institute, Eleanor Karp practiced architecture from 1954 to 1964 in Burlington, Vermont and San Francisco, California, where she worked with architects such as Warren Callister, Aaron Green and Frank Lloyd Wright. Beginning in 1966 she taught as an adjunct instructor of art history at the University of Arkansas. She also was visiting lecturer of architecture at several schools, including Cornell University, University of Colorado and the University of California, Berkeley. She was the author and co-author with her former husband Mort Karp of several articles on landscape architecture. Her published writing also includes a work of fiction, the short story “How to Write New Yorker Stories”, that appeared in Harpers in July 1966. She devoted most of the last thirty years to her interests, including writing on physics and art technique, biological research and painting oils on large format panels. At the time of her death she had completed painting a series of eighty panels portraying the history of art and scenes from her life. On Thanksgiving week, 2006, she took her own life.

Major Buildings and Projects

  • Eldred Residence – Belvedere, CA
  • Public Housing – Marin City, CA


  • “The Life Pack” w/ Mort Karp, Landscape Magazine, Winter 1965
  • “How To Write New Yorker Stories” Harper’s Magazine, July 1966
  • “Whoever Said The City Was A Tree?” w/ Mort Karp, Landscape Magazine, Autumn 1967