In celebration of National Women’s History month, we recognize Julia Morgan, a renowned architect of the early 1900s, whose work included designing a majestic castle.
She earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and opened her own architecture firm in San Francisco. After the 1906 earthquake there, Morgan was commissioned for many jobs, helping to rebuild the city.
Her most noted work though, is the construction of Hearst Castle owned by William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon of that era.
Located on the Pacific in central California, Morgan collaborated for 28 years with Hearst converting the land into a 165 room Mediterranean Revival style castle with 3 guesthouses, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts and elaborate gardens.
Morgan broke ground in the field of architecture. She led by example and hired women artists, drafters and architects for her projects.
Strengthen a student’s interest in this field by using Morgan as a role model of a woman who pursued her desired career and made history doing it!
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