When this great architect was born, opportunities for women in this field were slim. In All About Julia Morgan, early readers will find out that Julia Morgan was born into a world that doubted the ability of women. It was her mother and grandmother who taught her not to listen to that nonsense and go after her passion. Not only did she graduate college as the only woman in her class getting a degree in civil engineering, she went on to attend Beaux-Arts in Paris. As the best architecture school in the world, many were surprised when she passed the entrance exams, and even more so when she finished the five-year program in three years!
After becoming the first woman to receive and architecture license in California, she opened her own business and was quickly singled out by William Hearst, who admired her imaginative style and unique projects. With his funding, she built Hearst Castle, one of the most famous buildings in California. It was her largest and most complex project, but by no means her last. She went on to build and advocate for the YWCA and Mills College, which both worked to advance women’s opportunities.
About the Author
Phyllis Perry grew up in the foothills of northern California and attended the University of California at Berkeley. She writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for both adults and young readers. After having taught school for a number of years, she wrote a series of mysteries to help students increase their library skills while having fun reading. Now living in Colorado, Phyllis and her husband often visit Rocky Mountain National Park.