The architect Julia Morgan died at the age of 85. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
The first woman to obtain an architecture license in California; she designed the landmark Hearst Castle. Also designed numerous YWCA buildings, as well as structures for Mills College. She was the first woman honored with the AIA Gold Medal, albeit posthumously.
She was born into a family of success, with relatives who achieved great military, political, and business stature. Her mother was Eliza Woodland Parmelee, whose father was cotton trader and self-made millionaire Albert O. Parmelee. Her cousin’s husband was an architect and inspired her to pursue higher education.
“Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.” (Julia Morgan)
“My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.” (Julia Morgan)