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.
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.
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.
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.”