Behind the Gates

[Photo Credit: Victoria Kastner]

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, she sat in on the École’s classes and studied in its library. Two years later, she made history as the first female student to be admitted into its rigorous architecture program. Julia would have arrived here at 14 rue Bonaparte, then passed through these massive iron gates on her way to the classrooms which were located across the courtyard in the Palais des Études.