Architectural historian Victoria Kastner will speak about her book, Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect, which provides the first in-depth look at Morgan’s fascinating private life, as well as her remarkable career. Julia Morgan was a lifelong trailblazer. In 1902 she became the first woman to graduate from the renowned architecture program at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1904 she became California’s first licensed female architect. And in 2014 the American Institute of Architects posthumously awarded her the Gold Medal, as its first female recipient.
Best known as the designer of William Randolph Hearst’s lavish estate at San Simeon, she built an astonishing 700 additional projects throughout the west. Victoria will share new information about many of these buildings, as well as reveal the triumphs and tragedies that filled Julia Morgan’s inspiring personal life.
In addition to her biography about Julia Morgan, Kastner has written three volumes chronicling Hearst Castle’s fascinating history: Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House; Hearst’s San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land; and Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy. Ms. Kastner has a Master’s degree in Public History with a specialty in architectural history from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in Museum Management from George Washington University. She served as the official historian at Hearst Castle for nearly three decades. Kastner has also published works on the Beverly Hills Hotel, Bernard Maybeck’s Palace of Fine Arts, and the novels of Charles Dickens.
ICAA Member Price: $25
Non-Member Price: $40
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