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Herald Examiner Building, Julia Morgan 1912 | by Michael Locke
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Herald Examiner Building, Julia Morgan 1912

Spanish Colonial Revival style home of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner newspaper, designed by Architect Julia Morgan, the 'most important female architect of the early 20th Century'. Morgan was a pioneer in the field, overcoming the many obstacles faced by women of the era (a time in which they did not have even the right to vote). She was the first female graduate of the University of California Civil Engineering program, and the first woman to be trained at Paris' famed Ecole de Beaux Arts, considered the most important school of classical architecture of the period.

 

She served an apprenticeship under San Francisco Architect Bernard Maybeck (designer of San Francisco's famed 'Palace of Fine Arts'). Maybeck claimed 'there was never a job too large or too small for her.' During her long career, Morgan designed over 600 buildings; the Heast Castle (San Simeon) for publisher William Randolph Hearst and the Y.W.CA. Hollywood Studio Club are among her accomplishments (the latter was home to both Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak).

 

The Herald-Examiner Building is located at 1111 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. Declared a Los Angeles-Civic Cultural Monument in 1977 (No. 178).

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Taken on June 3, 2008