Julia Morgan, Architect Paperback – August 1, 1995
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"A balanced, thoughtful, well-written, sumptuously produced, critical biography of the most significant and successful woman architect in the history of the profession." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Anyone interested in Morgan owes a debt to Sara Boutelle... She has produced an informative and handsome book, filled with myriad new insights into the architects life and practice... The books high-quality layout and production should help set a new standard for architecture monographs." Historic Preservation
"The most well-regarded source on Morgans work" El Cerrito Journal (CA)
"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 site all 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." Publishers Weekly
"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." Library Journal
About the Author
- Item Weight : 3.15 pounds
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0789200198
- ISBN-13 : 978-0789200198
- Product Dimensions : 10.25 x 1 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Abbeville Press; Revised Edition (August 1, 1995)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #991,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book represents many of her works that are beautifully illustrated and described.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone, male or female thinking of entering the architectural profession.
Well, maybe not.
Ever heard or seen Wm Randolph Hearst's castle, San Simeon?
Ahhh, now you recognize the architect, Julia Morgan?
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.