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The Annenberg Community Beach House presents Julia Morgan’s Legacy on Sunday, March 1, from 11 am – 2 pm. Docents will spotlight the renowned architect of the Guest House and historic pool who partnered with William Randolph Hearst to create Hearst Castle and other important works.

Julia Morgan was a pioneering woman in a man’s field, whose achievements have only recently been recognized for their mastery, inventiveness and versatility. The first woman to be licensed as a professional architect in California in March 1904, she created an astonishing body of more than 700 projects, adapting historical styles to the building’s function and site. The American Institute of Architects awarded her a posthumous Gold Medal in 2014, the first woman to receive the medal, which is considered the profession’s highest honor.

Julia Morgan, photo courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

Julia Morgan, photo courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

The Annenberg Community Beach House participated in a statewide celebration of Julia Morgan in October 2012, and now has an annual Legacy Day to recognize her significance to the site and to the world of architecture. This year, the observance includes a lecture presented by Victoria Kastner, Julia Morgan: A Closer Look, at 11 AM in the Event House.

Victoria Kastner is the Historian at Hearst Castle, where she has worked for more than thirty years. Ms. Kastner is the author of the definitive trilogy on Hearst Castle, all published by Abrams books: Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and LegacyHearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House; and Hearst’s San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land. She has lectured extensively, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, LACMA, and the Getty. She has also been interviewed on the Today Show, CBS This Morning, NPR, and Australian National Radio. Ms. Kastner co-authored The Beverly Hills Hotel: The First 100 Years and has written for the London Telegraph, the Journal of the History of Collections, and The Magazine Antiques.

The event is free, but reservations are required for the lecture. Reserve your spot here.