By Cristian Ponce | Special to the Almanac
Julia Morgan, one of the most famous architects of the 20th century, will be portrayed by performer Jill Jackson in a free one-woman show at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Menlo Park Library.
Ms. Morgan became the first woman to be admitted into the architecture program at l'Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was also the first female architect licensed in California.
She was the architect of the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, and the redesign of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, among many major projects.
In 1995, Ms. Jackson, a theatrical performer, producer and director, was approached to portray Julia Morgan for a California State Parks function. Ms. Jackson replied: "Who's Julia Morgan?" The answer to that question led to her to write four Julia Morgan shows that she has performed in a number of venues.
In addition to Ms. Jackson's performance, which includes a slide presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session with Roxan Jacobus, an expert on Julia Morgan and a retired state park ranger at the Asilomar state beach and conference center in Pacific Grove, California. Ms. Morgan designed many of the structures there.
The event is free, thanks to funding by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. The library is located in the Menlo Park Civic Center at 800 Alma St. The library will close at 6 p.m. but will reopen for the 7 p.m. performance.