Julia Morgan

“Never turn down a job because you think it’s too small; you don’t know where it can lead.” —Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan (1872-1957) America’s first truly independent female architect, left a legacy of over 700 buildings, many of which are now designated landmarks, in cities throughout California, as well as in Hawaii, Utah, and Illinois, her most famous being Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

But her works were not limited to lavish buildings. As well as designing for the wealthy, she worked with many different clients in her her varied career. She designed several centers for the YWCA as well as private clubs and churches. One of the hallmarks of her varied career is that she worked with many different clients, not just the wealthy. She was willing to work with moderate budgets , creating less expensive family homes with open areas and large windows to give the impression of more space, using indigenous materials (progressive for her day) and changing the scale of her designs to work with uneven topography. She tried to give a careful solution to all of her clients, whether they were wealthy or not. In her way, she became an equal in her field (to the men who were dominating it so far) by treating all her clients equally. And with that attitude, she was able to leave an unforgettable mark.

“My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.” —Julia Morgan

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