Julia Morgan: Architect of Beauty

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Julia Morgan, America's ?rst truly independent female architect, blazed a trail for women in the ?eld and left a legacy of more than 700 buildings (many of which are now designated landmarks) in cities throughout California, as well as in Hawaii, Utah, Arizona, and Missouri. Her work spanned ?ve decades, and her total output was greater than any other major American architect, including Frank Lloyd Wright. Julia Morgan tells the remarkable story of this architectural pioneer and features text, drawings, and ...

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Overview

Julia Morgan, America's ?rst truly independent female architect, blazed a trail for women in the ?eld and left a legacy of more than 700 buildings (many of which are now designated landmarks) in cities throughout California, as well as in Hawaii, Utah, Arizona, and Missouri. Her work spanned ?ve decades, and her total output was greater than any other major American architect, including Frank Lloyd Wright. Julia Morgan tells the remarkable story of this architectural pioneer and features text, drawings, and photographs of the many buildings that still stand today. Mark Wilson explores the underlying design philosophy that guided a large portion of Julia Morgan's work, as well as the physical, cultural, and historic settings in which her buildings were created. From the William Randolph Hearst Castle at San Simeon to Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland to the Phoebe A. Hearst Memorial Gymnasium for Women in Berkeley, this comprehensive volume offers a fresh exploration on the life and work of a groundbreaking architect.

Mark A. Wilson is an architectural historian who has been writing and teaching about Julia Morgan's work for more than thirty years. He has written two previous books about Bay Area architecture and was a lecturer for the National Trust's Historic Real Estate Program. He holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in History and Media. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and more. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Ann, and daughter, Elena, who loves looking at Julia Morgan houses.

Monica Lee has been a professional photographer for over twenty-five years. Her photographs have been published in magazines and publications nationally and internationally. Monica lives in San Francisco with her husband, Jonathan Rapp, and their children, Elana and Samuel. This is her third book.

As the son of a fashion illustrator, Joel Puliatti was destined to see things graphically and brought up as an artist in New York. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, he has been published nationally as an architectural and fine art photographer. Joel lives in San Francisco, with his wife, Olivia Teter, and his daughters, Jacqueline and Sophia.

Front cover photo © 2007 Joel Puliatti

Back cover photo © 2007 Monica Lee

Author photo by Andrea Ferreira

Jacket design by Glyph Publishing Arts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423636540
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 642,029
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK ANTHONY WILSON is an architectural historian who has been writing and teaching about architecture for more than thirty-five years. He holds a B.A. in history from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in history and media from California State University, East Bay.
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Over the past thirty-five years I have been asked countless times by historians, architects, and college students what it is about the life and work of Julia Morgan that qualifies her to be placed in the top tier of the pantheon of American architecture. The answer lies partly in the fact that she was America’s first truly independent, full-time woman architect.1 Indeed, she was “a cultural revolutionary in a flowered hat” and “a quiet feminist,” as I put it in the introduction to the first edition of this book. She proved that a woman could do as well as any man in a job men had assumed women were incapable of performing. When Julia Morgan opened her own practice in San Francisco in April 1904, she shattered the glass ceiling in her chosen profession, one that had never allowed women to participate fully until she came along.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

chapter 1: Auspicious Beginnings 1

chapter 2: Roots of a Revolution 9

chapter 3: Solid Foundations 15

chapter 4: For the Betterment of Womankind 25

chapter 5: To Refresh the Soul 47

chapter 6: Academic Achievements 57

chapter 7: Houses of God 69

chapter 8: Of Time and Death 79

chapter 9: Quiet Corners of Commerce and Culture 89

chapter 10: The Hearst Connection 105

chapter 11: Private Spaces 139

chapter 12: An Enduring Legacy 197

Notes 202

Bibliography 205

Index 206

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