Honoring pioneering female architect Julia Morgan at the Annenberg Community Beach House

February 7, 2024 7:18 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2024) — The city of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Conservancy will co-host the annual Julia Morgan Legacy Day on Sunday, Mar. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

Best known as the architect of Hearst Castle, American architect and engineer Julia Morgan was one of three remarkable individuals, along with Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst, who shaped the legacy of the Annenberg Community Beach House site. Morgan designed what is currently known as the Marion Davies Guest House and the Beach House pool, which comprise the historic core of the Annenberg Community Beach House.

During this free event, Julia Morgan expert Karen McNeill, Ph.D, will provide a presentation, “Julia Morgan: Engineering a Legacy,” highlighting Morgan’s engineering expertise. The presentation will expand on Morgan's training as a civil engineer, including how her studies of innovative structural techniques in Paris informed her creative architectural designs. Event attendees will also be invited to tour and view the Morgan-designed Marion Davies Guest House and Beach House pool. Access to the pool will be for viewing only.

Posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architect’s highest honor, a Gold Medal, Julia Morgan left a legacy of more than 700 projects in her nearly five decades of practice.

Free RSVP available at: Julia Morgan Legacy Event.

Reservation Policy: Early arrival is recommended. Unclaimed reservations will be released approximately 15 minutes prior to the program start time. If unable to attend, please inform us by calling Guest Services at (310) 458-4904 or via email at beach.house@santamonica.gov. For more information, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com.

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. 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.

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