The Hearst Castle facade. Morgan's most famous patron was the newspaper magnate and antiquities collector William Randolph Hearst , who had been introduced to Morgan by his mother Phoebe Apperson Hearst , the chief patron of the University of California at Berkeley. It is believed that this introduction led to Morgan's first downstate commission by Hearst for the design of the Los Angeles Examiner Building circa , a Mission revival style project that included contributions by Los Angeles architects William J.
It is located at the southwest corner of Broadway and 11th Streets on a city block in Downtown Los Angeles , awaiting adaptive reuse. Morgan employed tiles, designing many of them herself, from California Faience. Her work on 'the Castle' and San Simeon Ranch continued until , ended only by Hearst's declining health.
Morgan became William Randolph Hearst's principal architect, producing the designs for dozens of buildings, such as Phoebe Apperson Hearst's Wyntoon , which he inherited. Her Long Beach Italian Renaissance branch has been demolished. The "gorgeous" Pasadena YWCA is being acquired by the City for restoration and public use after several decades of decay.
Mills College[ edit ] Morgan made many architectural contributions to the women's college Mills College in the East Bay foothills of Oakland, California. Like her work for the YWCA, they were done in the hopes of advancing opportunities for women. Mills president Susan Mills became interested in Morgan in because she wished to further the career of a female architect and because Morgan, just beginning her career, charged less than her male counterparts.
Morgan's reputation grew when the tower was unscathed by the San Francisco earthquake. Morgan designed the Mills College Student Union in She was never married and had no known romances. She kept a low profile and lived modestly, in spite of her wealthy clientele. She gave no interviews and did not write about herself. She worked tirelessly on minimal sleep and food. John's Presbyterian Church Morgan's other projects include the redesign of the landmark Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco after it was damaged by the earthquake of She was chosen because of her then-rare knowledge of earthquake-resistant, reinforced concrete construction.
John's Presbyterian Church her finest Craftsman -style building. The style is often associated with the work of Greene and Greene and some of Morgan's other contemporaries and teachers. The buildings represent the Arts and Crafts Movement and the American Craftsman style of architecture.
Several houses are on San Francisco's Russian Hill. She lived further West in SF. The induction ceremony took place on December 15 and her great-niece accepted the honor in her place.
She is the first female architect to receive this honor. Women of Steel and Stone: