Join the Annenberg Community Beach House and Santa Monica Conservancy for a special commemoration of architect Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed woman architect at 1 p.m. on March 6. Noted for her collaboration with William Randolph Hearst to create Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Morgan left a legacy of more than 700 projects in her nearly five decades of practice. Posthumously awarded the AIA’s highest honor, a Gold Medal, her brilliant and pioneering work continues to gain public recognition. At the Annenberg Community Beach House, Morgan designed the Guest House and pool, which comprise the site’s historic core.

Victoria Kastner will talk about her new book, Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect, published by Chronicle Books and available everywhere. Drawing on Julia Morgan’s unpublished letters and recently discovered diaries, Kastner provides the first comprehensive portrait of Julia’s inspiring private life.

Victoria Kastner was the longtime official historian at Hearst Castle, and has written the definitive trilogy of its history, published by Abrams Books. She is a sought-after lecturer who has spoken at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Ms. Kastner has a master’s degree in Public History with a specialty in architectural history from UC Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in museum management from George Washington University. She has also written about the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bernard Maybeck’s Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Register at:

Submitted by: Santa Monica Conservancy