Later in life she mused that she might have studied architecture, so interested was she in the design and flowing layout of rooms as the primary blueprint for creating the interior furnishings of a beautiful home.
Jackie Kennedy came close to it in 1963.
Among First Ladies, three women drew out the sketch of room placement, exterior style and design and even some of the interior hardware of homes they would live in.
The second woman who was widowed by the assassination of her husband, Lucretia Garfield, worked with her distant cousins, the famous southern California Arts & Crafts architectural team of Greene & Greene in creating the renderings and overseeing the execution of her large home in Pasadena, California.
It was also as a widow that Grace Coolidge worked with architects in designing her own retirement home in Northhampton, Massachusetts known as Road Forks.It had unusual touches like a brass hand to serve as the front door-knocker and an entrance into the home on the second-floor with a modern winding staircase descending to a partially submerged first floor.