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Commonwealth Club Julia Morgan Livestream

December 7, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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The Commonwealth Club of California welcomes

Victoria Kastner, author of Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect on

Wed, Dec 7 / 3:00 pm PST

Julia Morgan was a lifelong trailblazer. She was the first woman admitted to study architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first licensed to practice architecture in California. Born in San Francisco and trained in Paris, she developed a distinctive aesthetic that now defines certain regions of California. But only in the last 20 years has her contribution to architecture been fully recognized and celebrated. In 2014, the American Institute of Architects posthumously awarded her its Gold Medal; she is the first female recipient. Victoria Kastner has spent years compiling photographs, interviews, letters, drawings, and diaries—including material never published before—to create a comprehensive portrait of this amazing woman.

Of Julia Morgan’s remarkable 700 creations, from hotels to churches to private homes, the most iconic is Hearst Castle. She spent 30 years constructing this opulent estate on the California coast for the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, forging a lifelong friendship and creative partnership with him. Together they built a spectacular and perhaps unequalled residence that once hosted the biggest stars of Hollywood’s golden age, and that now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.


This program is online-only. Please pre-register here to receive a link to the live-stream event.

We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

Copies of Julia Morgan are available for purchase during registration (for U.S. domestic shipping only).

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Bernard Osher Foundation

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.




December 7, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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