Julia Morgan (American 1872 – 1957)

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan was one of the first women to graduate from University of California at Berkeley with a degree in civil engineering, the first to graduate with an architecture degree at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first woman to work as a professional architect in California. During her 45-year career, she designed more than 700 homes, churches, office buildings, hospitals, stores, and educational buildings, including the famous Hearst Castle.

The pool at Berkeley City Club
Hearst Castle Interior Swimming Pool
The Neptune Pool - Hearst Castle

I especially love the pools she designed with blue mosaic and sometimes gold glass inlaid.  She also designed Hearst’s Summer House in N. California called Wyntoon, right on the river.

Drawing of Wyntoon
Exterior Murals - Wyntoon

Several other places she designed include Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, Redo of the Fairmont Hotel in SF after the Earthquake and YWCA’s in Oakland, Utah and Hawaii.

Chapel of the Chimes
Hearst Castle
Julia Morgan at Hearst Castle

Julia Morgan Quotes:

“Never turn down a job because you think it’s too small; you don’t know where it can lead.”

“Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.”

“My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.”

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Nicholas Roerich (Russian 1874-1947)

Self Portrait with Guga Chohan

Nicolas Roerich was a Russian Artist who was part of the Czar’s Family who escaped when the Revolution happened. He traveled in the Himalayas and painted many of the sights. Some say he visited the secret city of Shambala and he brought back with him a special box with an unknown relic in it.

He created the slogan “Peace through Culture” and designed the emblem. In 1939 Franklin Roosevelt signed his Pact the “Pax Cultura.” Saying that culture, as distinct from civilization, must be protected.  He founded the Agni Yoga Society, Pax Cultura Initiative, an Art School called Master Institute of United Arts and the Institute of Himalayan Studies “Urusvati” in Kullu Valley.

Battle in the Heavens 1912

Treasure of the World

Treasure of the Mountain
Roerich also designed sets and costumes for Theatre
Snegurochka Set


The Great Helpers of humanity do not abandon the Earth so long as sufferings go unhealed. Wholehearted fellowship can easily heal the wounds of a friend — but it is necessary to develop the art of thinking in the name of Good. And this is not easy amid the day’s hustle and bustle. But the examples of the Great Helpers of humanity can encourage and infuse new forces.

“Wealth in itself does not generate Culture. But broadened and subtler thinking and the sense of Beauty produce that subtlety, that nobility of spirit which are distinctive for a cultured person. It is this kind of person that can build the future of light for its country”.

Maxfield Parrish (American 1870-1966)

Maxfield Parrish

American Maxfield Parrish has a color of cobalt blue named after him. He was a painter and illustrator from the Art Deco Era. He painted storytales and advertizements for Harpers Bazaar and companies like Edison Mazda.  He almost always painted a landscape in his paintings even if they were tiny and through a window. Towards the end of his life he started doing versions of his figurative work without the person.

Primitive Man
Dinky Bird

Moonlight - With figure painted out
Maxfield with Painting

Maxfield Parrish Quote: “There are countless artists whose shoes I am not worthy to polish – whose prints would not pay the printer. The question of judgment is a puzzling one. “