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Leila Mechlin

Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Death 6 May 1949 (aged 74)
District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Van Ness, Lot 186 East. Unmarked burial.
Memorial ID 98314077 · View Source
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Age 74 years. Buried May 9, 1949.

Leila Mechlin was born on May 29, 1874 at 2818 N Street (formerly 41 Gay Street) in Georgetown, the daughter of Frederick A.S. and Cornelia Stout Hyatt Mechlin. Her great-grandfather, Joseph Mechlin came to the District of Columbia from Philadelphia with the Government in 1800; her grandfather, Jacob Hyatt, was an engraver and one of the founders of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. She was educated in the District public schools and by her mother, a portrait and genre painter who maintained a studio in the Corcoran Building. She studied at the Corcoran School of Art. In 1900 she became the art critic for The Evening Star, retiring in June 1946. She wrote in almost every Sunday issue and many daily editions of The Star. She was a member of the Literary Society of Washington, Arts Club of Washington, American Association of University Women, Washington Society of Fine Arts, Friends of Music of the Library of Congress, National Symphony Orchestra Association, Newspaper Women’s Club, National Arts Club and Cosmopolitan Club of New York. She was one of the founders of the American Federation of Arts in 1909 and was executive secretary from 1923 to 1933. She was editor of its official magazine, Art and Progress, now called Magazine of Art from 1909 to 1931. Her essays appeared in the Century, Scribners, North American Review, Cosmopolitan, American Architectural Record, The New York Times, the Boston Transcript and the Christian Science Monitor. She was the author of 15 memoirs for the Dictionary of National Biography. She arranged and managed many art exhibitions. Several traveling displays were sent on tour under her sponsorship. She was director of the International Exhibition of Art in connection with the Tenth Olympiad at Los Angeles in 1932, the Southern Art Projects from 1934 to 1939 and the Anna Hyatt Huntington Circuit Exhibition from 1937 to 1939. Her reviews of aesthetic progress in the United States were published in Funk and Wagnalls International Year Book. Her hobbies were Art, books, prints. Her recreations were reading, sailing and friends. Her honorary degrees included a degree of master of arts from George Washington University in 1921 and doctor of fine arts from the University of Nebraska in 1927. In 1940 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. She died at age 74 on Friday, May 6, 1949 after a long illness. She was a resident of 1402 Twenty-first Street Northwest and had previously lived at 722 Twenty-first Street and 3020 Cambridge Place. Survivors included two brothers: Alexander Mechlin of Portland, Oregon and Ernest F. Mechlin of the District; two nephews: Wilmer Mechlin and Ernest F. Mechlin Jr., of the District and two nieces: Mrs. John Lan of Portland and Mrs. C. Lowry Pressly of New York. Funeral services were held at Christ Episcopal Church at 3100 O Street Northwest with The Rev. John R. Anschutz, rector, officiating. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Source: The Evening Star, Saturday, May 7, 1949; Sunday, May 8, 1949 and Sunday, May 15, 1949.



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 98314077
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leila Mechlin (29 May 1874–6 May 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98314077, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .