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Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect/Virtual Author Event with Victoria Kastner

Tuesday March 29 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a virtual presentation with author Victoria Kastner, as we celebrate her new book, Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect.

This new biography—featuring over 150 archival images and full-color photographs printed throughout—introduces Julia Morgan as both a pioneering architect and a captivating individual.

Julia Morgan was a lifelong trailblazer. She was the first woman admitted to study architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first licensed to practice architecture in California. Over the first half of the 20th century, she left an indelible mark on the American West. Of her remarkable 700 creations, the most iconic is Hearst Castle. Morgan spent thirty years constructing this opulent estate on the California coast for the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst—forging a lifelong friendship and creative partnership with him. Together, they built a spectacular and unequalled residence that once hosted the biggest stars of Hollywood’s golden age, and that now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

This compelling biography draws on interviews, letters, and Morgan’s diaries, including never-before-seen reflections on faith, art, and her life experiences. Morgan’s friendship with Hearst, her passion for California’s landscape, her struggles with familial dementia, and her devotion to architecture reveal her to have been a singularly brilliant and determined artist.

When Victoria Kastner paid her first visit to Hearst Castle many years ago, she was told, “An architect named Julia Morgan built this entire estate, but we don’t know anything about her.” From then on, she was hooked. She spent more than three decades as the castle’s official historian, and her previous books include the definitive trilogy of its history. Now an independent researcher and lecturer, she resides in Los Osos, California. Learn more about her here

Co-sponsored by the Avon Library & Avon Historical Society.

Please register. Zoom links will be sent out before the event.


Tuesday March 29
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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