Pacific façade of Casa del Sol (Guest House C), at Hearst Castle


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A true pioneer of her time, Julia Morgan was the first woman admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the first licensed female architect in California, and the first woman to receive the AIA’s Gold Medal. Morgan was also the mastermind behind some of California’s most iconic buildings, including the majestic Hearst Castle. Take a closer look into the fascinating work and life of this trailblazer with contributors to the recently published book Julia Morgan: The Road to San Simeon.

Note: This is a pre-recorded panel discussion. You may enjoy the program for free with purchase of admission to the Laguna Art Museum in the museum’s California Gallery, or ticket holders will receive a link via email to view the program at home. The link will be sent to all pre-registered attendees on the day of the program.

Gordon L. Fuglie has been curating exhibitions for more than 50 years, and has also served as an exhibition juror, art history lecturer, writer, and project developer with a focus on the historical & contemporary legacy of California.

Johanna Kahn is an architectural historian based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and a Master of Architectural History degree and a Historic Preservation Certificate from the University of Virginia. In her current work at a prominent environmental consulting firm, Johanna evaluates the historic significance of a wide range of built resources including mid-century landmarks, airports, and aging infrastructure. She is also passionate about the arts and cultural heritage and has a penchant for Italian Renaissance studies.

Karen McNeill, Ph.D., is an expert on Julia Morgan, and her scholarship focuses on women and gender in the architectural profession as well as how Progressive Era women used the built environment to expand their roles in society. Dr. McNeil has also taught history and architectural history at colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Museum members: Free
Non-members: $5

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