August 30, 2012
Julia Morgan 2012 — a state-wide festival celebrating the life and work of California’s first licensed female architect – is coming this fall – and in particular, to the Annenberg Community Beach House! Morgan, also the first female civil engineering graduate of UC Berkeley, created more than 700 structures in California, leaving a great architectural and cultural legacy that has gained increasing public appreciation in recent years. The festival is sponsored by Landmarks California, a state program supported by the California Cultural and Historical Endowment, and a large network of organizations will contribute to the celebration; more information may be found at www.landmarkscalifornia.org/julia-morgan2012.
A free lecture on Julia Morgan by Christy McAvoy, principal of the Historic Resources Group, will be held at the Santa Monica Public Library Multi-Purpose Room on Saturday, September 8, at 4 PM. Reservations are required; go to www.smconservancy.org, or leave a message at 310-496-3146.
Opening events at the Annenberg Community Beach House will be held Sunday October 14th, and will include guest house tours, a panel discussion and a gallery exhibit reception. Special tours will be offered by Santa Monica Conservancy docents on three Sundays: October 21, November 4, November 11 and on Monday, November 12 between 11am and 4 pm each day. The former estate of Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst was one of Miss Morgan’s important projects in Southern California, and the guest house and pool stand as testimonials to her design talents. Our special docent tours will focus on Morgan’s life and work, highlighting her relationship to the Hearst family. Adult and/or family workshops may also be offered on tour days. For more information, go to www.annenbergbeachhouse.com.