Anyone who has visisted Hearst Castle knows Julia Morgan’s work. If you haven’t been there, this picture shows a glimpse of the castle-complex. The San Francisco-Bay Area architect designed more than 700 buildings with her Mediterranean & Craftsman styles .
What if she’d lived in the internet age? She might have registered her business as juliamorganarchitect .com. Her name spoke for itself! Yet, her personal mandate that her designs blend in with their environmental surroundings, might have led her in a different direction.
One third of the buildings Julia Morgan designed were on the grounds of women’s colleges or their associations. Julia’s alignment with woman-power made this a win-win. She was an early feminist and led the way for other women taking on male-dominated professions. Her mother modeled female competency by running the family’s household.
Morgan succeeded without the current-day help of domains on the internet. She proved to be a talented, independent, and successful woman taking on a profession few women were in. Morgan’s architectural influence left a lasting mark on California. Word of mouth and seeing the product were social media in her day, serving her well without the internet!
Thanks to Dorrie Langley, a local Bay-Area artist, who shared her research on the architect at the Lafayette Library in CA.