Julia Morgan, whose legacy at the Annenberg Community Beach House was but one of her prodigious accomplishments as California’s first female architect, is the focus of special free programs to be presented on Sunday, March 5, at the Beach House she designed in the 1920s.
Morgan was awarded her California architect’s license in March 1904, and this year marks the 60th anniversary of her death in 1957. William Randolph Hearst and his mother Phoebe Hearst were clients of Morgan, providing commissions for many of her signature accomplishments: Hearst Castle, the Asilomar Conference Center, the Greek Theater at UC Berkeley and numerous YWCAs in California among other sites. The impressive former Herald Examiner building in downtown Los Angeles, now being converted for new use, is another of Morgan’s works. At the Beach House today, her stunning Georgian Revival Guest House and 100-foot-long pool form the historic core of the site which was built for silent film star Marion Davies. Morgan was awarded a Gold Medal posthumously in 2014 by the American Institute of Architects.
Santa Monica Conservancy docents will highlight the Julia Morgan Guest House on tours from 11 am – 2 pm. At 12:30 pm in the Garden Terrace Room, a panel discussion titled “Women Designers Then and Now” will be led by Santa Monica City architect Pooja Bhagat. The panel, organized by The Association of Women in Architecture + Design, will examine the challenges faced by women in the design professions from history past to modern day.
Julia Morgan Legacy Event is a free event. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. All ages welcome. Guests are welcome to redeem their reservations any time between 11am and 2pm. Please provide the name used when making your reservation at check-in.
Parking and transit: Parking is available for $3 per hour or $8 per day. Please pay for parking at the machine upon your arrival. Cash and credit card accepted. Ample bike parking is available; please bring a lock.