Author: Victoria Kastner

Watching Famous Actresses

During her first two years in Paris (1896-98), Julia occasionally attended plays with her friends. On 30 May 1898, she wrote to Pierre and Lucy LeBrun. . .

A Glimpse of Belle-Époque Paris

Julia attended the play Paméla in the spring of 1898, when it opened at the Théâtre du Vaudeville, shown here in an 1889. . .

A Trip to Switzerland

In the summer of 1896, soon after her arrival in Paris, Julia embarked on her first sightseeing tour: a railway trip through Switzerland. She traveled with three other young women. . .

Geneva’s Jet d’Eau

From their hotel, Julia and her three traveling companions could see the Jet d’Eau on the opposite bank of Lake Geneva. This enormous fountain was built in 1886 for an industrial purpose. . .

A Medieval Museum

Julia arrived in Paris in June of 1896, and soon decided that the Musée de Cluny was one of her favorite places. This elaborate compound was constructed in the 15th century to serve as the town house. . .

Sketching at Cluny

Julia was always particularly fond of children. In Paris she enjoyed observing them when she visited various picturesque sites around the city, including the 5th arrondissement’s Musée de Cluny. . .

A World’s Fair in Paris

Julia and her younger brother Avery were in Paris during the Exposition Universelle of 1900, the spectacular world’s fair located on both sides of the Seine. Covering more than 530 acres. . .

The Most Ornate Bridge in Paris

The bridge known as the Pont Alexandre III was one of the 1900 Exposition’s technological wonders. Constructed of. . .

Behind the Gates

Nearly every day, Julia Morgan walked to the École des Beaux-Arts, located slightly over a mile from the American Girls’ Club. Beginning in the autumn of 1896. . .

Behind the Door

When Julia Morgan arrived in Paris in 1896, she lived behind this door at 4 rue de Chevreuse. It marks the entrance to the American Girls’ Club, founded in 1893. . .