The Julia Morgan 2012 Festival begins on October 1st, 2012, and lasts for over six weeks, ending on November 16th. The statewide event focuses on the life and work of Miss Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed female architect, one of the first female civil engineering graduates of UC Berkeley, and the creator of over 700 structures in California alone. Miss Morgan’s life story is a powerful lesson about the strength of perseverance and personal accomplishment in addition to her prolific contributions to California’s built landscape.
Organizations from all over the state are participating with a variety of interesting activities such as visual and performing exhibits, seminars, teas, Morgan-designed building tours and garden tours.
Participating organizations include Asilomar State Park and Conference Center, the Annenberg Beach House (formerly the Marion Davies Beach House), the Berkeley City Club, the U.C. Berkeley Extension in San Francisco, the Enviromental Design Library at U.C. Berkeley, The California Museum, the California State Library, Kidspace in Pasadena, the Kennedy Library at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Chinese Historical Society of America, the Hearst Corporation, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Japantown YWCA, Mills College, the Native Daughters of the Golden West, the North Star House, the Riverside Art Museum, and the San Francisco Zen Center.
The Julia Morgan 2012 Festival also includes the Julia Morgan Legacy Photography Contest of new photographs taken of Julia Morgan buildings from throughout California. Details here.
A formal Julia Morgan 2012 Festival launch event and fundraiser, the Julia Morgan 2012 Festival Gala, will be held on Friday, October 12th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkeley City Club. The Festival Gala will benefit the Landmark Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit association created to support the Berkeley City Club, Julia Morgan’s “Little Castle” built in 1929 for over 4,000 women club members. Details here.