Victoria Kastner, Author

Chronicling the Inner Lives of Extraordinary People

Welcome to my website! I am delighted to announce that my new book–Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect–will be published by Chronicle Books on January 18, 2022. This is three months later than originally planned, partly due to global shipping delays–but also to honor Julia Morgan during her sesquicentennial year (1872-2022). This is the first volume to reveal the story of Julia’s private life–which was as remarkable as the career she forged as the world’s most prominent female architect. Julia Morgan is filled with never-before-told anecdotes and gorgeous photography by Alexander Vertikoff. I’m eager to share it with you. I’ll be posting some of my new discoveries, as well as my upcoming book-signings and speaking engagements, so check back frequently.

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My Latest Discoveries

Parisian Summer of 1896

During Julia’s first summer in Paris, she visited its Salon of 1896. This annual art exhibition—held from 1855-1897 at the Palais de l’Industrie, a large pavilion. . .

Catalogue for the Paris Salon

The Paris Salon of 1896 included thousands of paintings, which filled every inch of the exhibition rooms’ walls from floor to ceiling. Julia wrote. . .

Touring a Medieval Castle

While traveling through Switzerland by train in 1896, Julia and her three companions visited the Château de Chillon, a medieval castle on the eastern end. . .

Books byVictoria Kastner