Julia Morgan, Architect

Overview

William Randolph Hearst's dazzling "castle" at San Simeon, California, is famous world round, yet only the aficionado can name Julia Morgan as the architect who built it. For more than thirty years she worked with Hearst in a rare collaboration, creating not only his art-filled hilltop palace but also a fairytale Bavarian "village" known as Wyntoon and many other commerical and domestic structures. Yet the Hearst commissions, notable as they are, are not Morgan's only claim to ...

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Overview

William Randolph Hearst's dazzling "castle" at San Simeon, California, is famous world round, yet only the aficionado can name Julia Morgan as the architect who built it. For more than thirty years she worked with Hearst in a rare collaboration, creating not only his art-filled hilltop palace but also a fairytale Bavarian "village" known as Wyntoon and many other commerical and domestic structures. Yet the Hearst commissions, notable as they are, are not Morgan's only claim to fame.
Given the sweep of Morgan's accomplishments, it is astonishing that this is the first substantial book ever devoted to her career. Painstakingly researched for more than a decade by Sarah Holmes Boutelle, founder of the Julia Morgan Association, this handsome volume lovingly document's Morgan's life and work. This is a remarkable book celebrating the achievements of a remarkable woman.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Morgan (1872-1957) was William Randolph Hearst's favorite architect, and the theatrical Hearst Castle perched on a hilltop in San Simeon, Calif., might be considered a monument to her client's pretensions and her own pliabiity. Fortunately, this reclusive woman, who shunned publicity, left behind 700 other buildings in a medley of styles. In cottages, schools, churches, houses and civic projects, she swung eclectically between Arts and Crafts, California Mission, Bavarian, medieval and Mediterranean styles. Her work became unfashionable as modernism took hold, yet today it has attracted renewed interest. Her experimental use of color and decoration, her concern for indoor/outdoor living and for the relationship of structure to siteall these make her buildings relevant to contemporary designers. In this biographical-critical study, Boutelle, an architectural historian, considers each building on its own terms. One-third of the 368 illustrations are in color; plans, sketches and photographs help us to appreciate many original touches. (June)
Library Journal
San Simeon, William Randolph Hearst's fanciful estate on the California coast, is famous worldwide, yet only a few know of its architect, Julia Morgan. Boutelle's book happily should correct that fault. Drawing from letters, photographs, sketches, blueprints, and reminiscences, Boutelle provides a fascinating look at Morgan's life and career. With degrees from Berkeley and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, plus good social connections, Morgan had no problems garnering commissions; her engineering expertise, eye for detail, and ability to work in a variety of styles rightfully made her one of California's most prolific architects. This handsome volume, with its breathtaking color photographs, is long overdue but well worth the wait. Highly recommended. H. Ward Jandl, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789200198
  • Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 782,262
  • Product dimensions: 9.96 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction                                                                                  7
The Early Years 19
Ecole Des Beaux-Arts 27
The Morgan Atelier 41
On Campus, in Church, and at the Marketplace 51
The Women's Network 83
Cottages and Mansions 129
The Hearsts and San Simeon 169
Wyntoon and Other Hearst Projects 217
The End of a Life 241
Notes 244
Acknowledgments 248
Buildings 249
Selected Bibliography 263
Index 267
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