University of California, Berkeley – SOMA Gallery

Julia Morgan, Architect: Treasures Within Your Reach

Architect Julia Morgan (1872-1957) was a prolific American architect who designed over 700 buildings in California.   She was a woman of notable “firsts”– the first female to graduate in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and the first woman admitted to the architecture program at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  She was also the first female to be licensed as an architect in California.

As part of a state-wide celebration of this accomplished woman, UC Berkeley Extension’s SOMA gallery highlights some of her projects in our neighborhood.  All of these buildings can be accessed by foot or public transportation.  A hand-out map is provided.

  • Hearst Building , 5 Third Street
  • Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California Street
  • Chinese Historical Society Museum, 965 Clay Street
  • Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street

This exhibit is sponsored by UC Berkeley Extension’s Interior Design & Interior Architecture program.


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