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Julia Morgan, Architect Hardcover – August, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Pr; Revised edition (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789200848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789200846
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,391,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Morgan (1872-1957) was William Randolph Hearst's favorite architect, and the theatrical Hearst Castle perched on a hilltop in San Simeon, Calif., might be considered a monument to her client's pretensions and her own pliabiity. Fortunately, this reclusive woman, who shunned publicity, left behind 700 other buildings in a medley of styles. In cottages, schools, churches, houses and civic projects, she swung eclectically between Arts and Crafts, California Mission, Bavarian, medieval and Mediterranean styles. Her work became unfashionable as modernism took hold, yet today it has attracted renewed interest. Her experimental use of color and decoration, her concern for indoor/outdoor living and for the relationship of structure to siteall these make her buildings relevant to contemporary designers. In this biographical-critical study, Boutelle, an architectural historian, considers each building on its own terms. One-third of the 368 illustrations are in color; plans, sketches and photographs help us to appreciate many original touches.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

San Simeon, William Randolph Hearst's fanciful estate on the California coast, is famous worldwide, yet only a few know of its architect, Julia Morgan. Boutelle's book happily should correct that fault. Drawing from letters, photographs, sketches, blueprints, and reminiscences, Boutelle provides a fascinating look at Morgan's life and career. With degrees from Berkeley and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, plus good social connections, Morgan had no problems garnering commissions; her engineering expertise, eye for detail, and ability to work in a variety of styles rightfully made her one of California's most prolific architects. This handsome volume, with its breathtaking color photographs, is long overdue but well worth the wait. Highly recommended. H. Ward Jandl, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have always been interested in Julia Morgan's work but I have never been able to find enough solid and valuable information about her and her work. I own all of the Julia Morgan books, that is every book written about Julia Morgan. This, by far, is the best composition of the true character of Julia Morgan. Not only do you get an entire biography with incredible detail but you also get insight from hundreds of pictures, scans of actual plans Julia Morgan drafted and entires from other important persons. This book is a must have if you are looking for "the" book covering everything in Julia Morgan's life. This book stands alone among all the other Julia Morgan reads. I suggest that if you are looking for a book about Ms. Morgan, this is the best book, brings the greatest attention to detail that you will ever find about Julia Morgan.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Beautiful book! Author does a lovely, sensitive job profiling Morgan, and her career as the first licensed female architect in the US. I also really enjoyed the socio-cultural, and artistic context of the early 20th Century. The extensive photographs are a wonderful addition - imperative in a book dealing with a visual art. One of the very richest architectual books I've seen in a long time, and a great addition to anyone's collection.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peter F. Stubbs on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
A wonderful survey of a truly great Architect. Great photos. Original drawings. A detailed career history & biography. Most of the better known masters haven't gotten this kind of treatment; Ms. Morgan deserves it. GREAT book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding book on Morgan's life and work. Well written text, detailed history, biographical information, and quality photos of the many buildings are just of few of the book's strong points. Morgan designed hundreds of buildings during her over 50-year career, and the author deserves credit for covering so many of them. Of course, she is most famous for the projects she did for Hearst, such as the "Castle" and Wyntoon, the Austrian/Bavarian style estate near Mt. Shasta in northern California, but she created many other important buildings also, which get discussed in detail in this fine volume. Also included are scans of the original plans. Out of all the books on Morgan, this one is by far the best, and well worth your time and money.

A little side note here, I've done five different tours of the Hearst Castle over the years, so have had an opportunity personally to view one of her most important works. During one of the tours, the guide said that a few years ago they had a 6.4 magnitude earthquake there, but except for a few tiles that came off here and there, the castle sustained no damage. That's because despite the delicate looking surface ornamentation, underneath the building is steel reinforced concrete, with even thicker walls than necessary. As a result, the entire Hearst Castle sustained almost no damage during the quake, and no structural damage, and the only really dramatic thing that happened was the guide said that the quake shook things violently enough so that a lot of water sloshed out of the big Neptune pool. :-)

One of the guides said some interesting things about Hearst's wealth. By the standards of the time, he was certainly very wealthy, earning $50,000 a day back in the early 30s.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LuAnn Zettle on March 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you love architecture you will be familiar with Julia Morgan.
Well, maybe not.
Ever heard or seen Wm Randolph Hearst's castle, San Simeon?
Ahhh, now you recognize the architect, Julia Morgan?
Maybe not.
Until I came across this beautiful book on Julia Morgan by Sara Holmes Boutelle I really didn't know much about the work of Julia Morgan. Just try and google or yahoo her name. There is frustratingly little written about this powerhouse of an architect.
Morgan, according to Boutelle, was a versatile architect and according to the beautiful pictures in this book it proves the woman's talent. Because of this book I will seek out more of her still standing structures during my travels. This book will enlighten you to Julia Morgan's early childhood years and take you through her groundbreaking entrance (1899) into the highly acclaimed Paris school, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, which relented a strict 'male only' code to include Morgan.
There are enough pictures and information to make you want to seek out even more knowledge about this interesting lady. And that, and only for that, am I giving this book only four stars. I closed it disappointed that I didn't have floor plans to some of the pictures(those included were so small even a magnifying glass was useless). I yearned for more information on the hows and whys of what Julia Morgan created. And exact locations to finding her beautiful work would have been wonderful. Hey, I think there's a book there if someone is up to the exhaustive work.
Still, I am very happy I purchased this book, I will treasure it and go back to it often. Julia Morgan, Architect is part of my architectual library and I highly recommend it for architectual enthusiasts, interior and exterior designers and those studying for the architectual field.
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