Who is Julia Morgan?

My daughter’s fourth grade poster and oral report on the first female architect certified in California, Julia Morgan.


“Hello, girls and boys. I am the one and only Julia Morgan. Now, let’s start at the beginning. I was born on January 20, 1872 right here in San Francisco. As a child, I wanted to know how everything worked. I loved mechanical stuff.


I went to high school in 1890. Instead of marrying, I tried to get into the University of California. They made me take the test three times even though I passed every time. Finally, they let me in. The men teased me, pulling all kinds of pranks, because I was the only woman there.


I won my first medal in a fancy palace decorated with characters from Greek mythology. I was so proud of myself.

There was a giant earthquake in San Francisco. I helped rebuild the whole city. I made it even better. I designed the wonderful Mills College


and the Fairmont hotel, but my masterpiece is the amazing Hearst castle.


It has an outdoor pool and an indoor pool, and did I mention I also built the Women’s City Club building? I also helped design the YWCA.

One thing I admit, I was a very big perfectionist. I loved architecture. Now here, I have to say good-bye. Today is a sad day. On February 2, 1957, I died. Still, even in my dreams, I love architecture.”


3 thoughts on “Who is Julia Morgan?

  1. This is awesome! šŸ™‚
    I love reading about ladies like her. Have you seen this? http://sarahtales.livejournal.com/202800.html
    Sarah wrote a book called “Unspoken” which I really think you would like, because not only is the main character is a teenaged girl called Kami, but she also goes around sleuthing with her two lady friends Angela and Holly. That’s right, lady friendships! šŸ™‚

  2. Funny coincidence – I just recently made Marion Mahony and Margaret MacDonald Friday Hoydens:
    I almost put in Julia Morgan, too. My husband lived in a house of hers when he was on exchange to Berkeley.

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