This is one of the main focal points you arrive at upon ascending the entry steps to the Hearst Castle.
Julia Morgan, AIA First Lady Architect of California
Bio •Dedication •Fortitude • Perseverance1 Tara Imani
Born January 20, 1872 in San Francisco, California, her father, Charles, was a mining engineer who married into wealth. Age 8 Her mother, Eliza Parmelee, was an independent, capable role model who appreciated the arts and education. The 2nd of 5 children , Julia was College raised in a spacious, ornate Grad Victorian-era “Stick-Eastlake” styled2 Tara Imani homestead in Oakland, California
Julia Morgan was the first woman graduate in the University of Californias Civil Engineering program El Camponil, Mills College, Oakland, Burke School Elevation 1903-4“California Girl Wins High Honor” reportedthe San Francisco Examiner in 1898. Indeed,Julia was the first woman in history to studyarchitecture at Paris’ Ecole Des Beaux-Arts.The accomplishment was akin to walking on Julia Morgan at Notrethe moon today.”- c. Jeffery A. Mitchell, all Dame, Paris, c. 1897.rights reserved.3 Tara Imani
Exceeding the output of her contemporary, Frank Lloyd Wright, during her 49-year career as an architect, Julia Morgan designed more than 700 homes, churches, office buildings, hospitals, stores , and educational buildings, including Hearst Castle at San Simeon, California. Many of her projects are Julia opened her firm in San Francisco in4 historical landmarks today. Tara Imani the spring of 1904. Her first client was Phoebe Hearst.
Known as a "clients architect," she seemed to enjoy the intense exchange of design ideas with renowned client William Randolph Hearst… “She was far more accomplished in the area of building technology than any of the men I have known.” -Walter Steilberg, architect5 Tara Imani and engineer, 1969
http://lib.calpoly.edu/specialcollections/architecture/juliamorg an/ From L’ Ecole des Beaux- Arts Ornate Neo- To the fresh Arts & Crafts Classicism: Movement in California: St. John’s Presbyterian Church & Tara Sunday School, Berkeley, 1908-6 Imani Ecole project 10 rendering
The Entrance Fountain at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California, built 1927. “Her buildings really have a timeless quality; she created structures in which people continually experience a sense of well- being, even a century or so after they were built.”7 - Kit Ratcliff, architect Tara Imani
Summary Center for the Arts Slide 1: Introduction to Bio of Julia Morgan, architect; b. January 20, 1872 – d. February 2, 1957. Slide 2: Childhood background in Oakland, California Slide 3: Education in Berkeley and Paris Slide 4: First licensed female architect in California Slide 5: Picture and info of Julia with client W.R. Hearst Slide 6: Explain her eclectic training in two schools of thought Slide 7: Image of fountain at San Simeon, with quote from an architect.Stenciled ceilingpanels, Berkeley Slide 8: Summary of Slide Presentation.Women’s CityClub, 1929-30 Slide 9: References and bibliography of book and web sources.8 Tara Imani
References 1. Mark A. Wilson. Julia Morgan, Architect of Beauty. Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2007. 2. Sara Holmes Boutelle. Julia Morgan Architect. Abbeville Press Publishers, New York and London, 1998. 3. Victoria Kastner. Hearst Castle- The Biography of a Country House. Abrams, New York, 2000. 4. Ginger Wadsworth. Architect of Dreams. Lerner Publications, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1990. 5. Most images were downloaded from the web via: Google images @ www.google images.com. (A few of the images were scanned from the above listed books.) Tara Imani 9-11-9 2010