Architect Julia Morgan, celebrated for her extraordinary career as female trailblazer
in a man’s world, will be honored with spe-
cial docent tours at the Annenberg Communi-
ty Beach House on Sunday, March 2nd between
11 am and 2 pm.

Morgan received her California license to
practice architecture, the first for a wo-
man, in March 1904. With training in civil
engineering and an architectural degree
from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris,
where she was the first female student,
she opened her own firm in San Francisco.

Her career spanned over 40 years, during
which she designed over 700 projects.Among
her most notable buildings were the Hearst
Castle for William Randolph Hearst in –
California, and the largest estate ever
built on the storied Southern California
Beach for Hearst’s longtime mistress,
Marion Davies, a celebrated movie star and philanthropist. Built in 1929, the estate
was located on what was once called “The
Gold Coast” in Santa Monica.

Morgan had a close relationship with pat-
ron Hearst as well as with his mother, the
formidable Phoebe Apperson Hearst. These
themes and other aspects of her life and
work will be explored by docents at the
Marion Davies Guest House on Julia Morgan

This year the American Institute of Arch-
itects (AIA) awarded its highest honor,
a Gold Medal, to Julia Morgan, the first
time that a woman received this prize —
and another “first” for her. Accolades
poured in, including from Senator Diane
Feinstein who said, “Julia Morgan is un-
questionably among the greatest American
architects of all time and a true Calif-
ornia gem.”

Tours at the Annenberg Community Beach
House, located at 415 Pacific Coast High-
way, are free and no reservations are
required. Parking is available for a fee.
The Santa Monica Conservancy partners
with the City of Santa Monica to present
docent tours of the Beach House through-
out the year.

If you’re not a current member of the
Conservancy, you should be. Annual mem-
bership contributions support our work
to preserve the architectural and cult-
ural heritage of our city. You will
receive its informative quarterly news-
letter and discounts on tours and events
– as well as complimentary admission to
Saturday’s annual Holiday Party.

Join or renew now! You may join online
as an Individual or Household Member
or as a Business/Corporate Member. Or
send a check to the address below. Ques-
tions? Email info@smconservancy.org or
leave a message at 310-496-3146. Mailing
Address: Santa Monica Conservancy
PO BOX 653, Santa Monica, CA 90406 US.

Contact Name: Santa Monica Conservancy
Telephone Number: (310) 496-3146

A non-profit, organized and run by resi-
dents, the Conservancy is one of Santa
Monica’s most vital institutions. Its
reason for being is to locate, preserve
and protect our town’s most valuable and
important historic houses and buildings..

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