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Dramatization of Historic Architect, Julia Morgan at Woman’s Cub

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Meet one of the most fascinating and famous female architects of the 20th Century! Julia Morgan, the first woman architect licensed in California in the early 1900’s will be brought to life by historian-dramatist, Debbie McIntosh, at the January 9th luncheon meeting of the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena. The public is invited to attend the event.

Julia Morgan, through McIntosh’s dramatic portrayal, will share vivid recollections of her challenges as a woman in a “man’s world” and her contributions to the early architectural history of Southern California.  Debbie McIntosh has been entertaining and educating audiences for over 25 years through first person dramatizations using appropriate costuming, accents, and visual aids where necessary.  She believes the best way to learn about historical women who have contributed to the welfare of our world is to tell their life stories in an intimate, first person setting.

Morgan was the only woman in her engineering class at the University of California Berkeley and graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1894. She was the first woman to be admitted to the architecture program at l’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  Morgan designed over 700 buildings in California, including the Pasadena YWCA and five other YWCA buildings, and designed the Mission Revival style Herald Examiner building in downtown Los Angeles.  She is best known for her work with William Randolph Hearst on the design and development of the world famous “Hearst Castle” at San Simeon. Morgan worked with Hearst on the complex which was built in hybrid Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial, and Moorish Revival styles from 1919 until 1947.

Toni Marshall, Program Chairman for the Woman’s Club, says, “We are delighted to have a portrayal of such a famous feminine icon at our historic club which was founded in 1899.”  The Woman’s Club of South Pasadena is a member of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs, which has long been recognized for its contributions to issues related to the welfare and concerns of women.   Marshall adds, “The program is especially relevant this year as we celebrate the centennial of our historic craftsman style clubhouse designed and built in 1913 by renowned South Pasadena Architect Norman Foote-Marsh.

The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Clubhouse, 1424 Fremont Avenue.  The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., and the Morgan presentation at 11 a.m. followed by lunch.  Cost is $12.00. Reservations should be made by Sunday, January 7th by calling Lynn Cathcart (323-255-5739) or Betty Guenveur (626) 799-2395. For more information, visit the Club on the web at

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Dramatization of Historic Architect, Julia Morgan at Woman’s Cub