Julia Morgan’s Architectural Legacy Honors Many Firsts for Women

February 26, 2020 4:00 PM

Julia Morgan’s Architectural Legacy Honors Many Firsts for Women

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Join the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Annenberg Community Beach House on Sunday, March 1 to commemorate architect Julia Morgan. California’s first licensed female architect, Morgan designed more than 700 projects in her five decades as a practicing architect. Her work included designing the guest house and pool at the Annenberg Community Beach House and collaboration with William Randolph Hearst to create Hearst Castle. Morgan was posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor, as her brilliant and pioneering work continues to gain public recognition.  

WHAT: To commemorate Julia Morgan’s legacy, the Conservancy and Beach House will host a presentation by Chris Marino, Curator of the Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley, on the materials and stories within the Julia Morgan collections. Attendees will also learn more about this ground-breaking architect and tour the Morgan designed guest house and view the pool from above with Santa Monica Conservancy docents providing further insights into Morgan’s life, pioneering work and her life at the Beach House. These two structures are the historic core of the Beach House. Parking is $3 per hour, $8 per day. For more information and to RSVP, click here or call 310-458-4904.

WHEN: Sunday, March 1, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Guest House is open for viewing 12:30 - 2 p.m., no reservation needed)

WHERE: Annenberg Community Beach House (415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA)

Annenberg Community Beach House

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the direction of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability-related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904. The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is operated by the City of Santa Monica. For more information about the Annenberg Community Beach House, visit www.annenbergbeachhouse.com.   

Santa Monica Conservancy

The Santa Monica Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to promoting widespread understanding and appreciation of the cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits of historic preservation. 



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