The Friends of the Idyllwild Library are sponsoring the next in the series of monthly Penelope Engard lectures. Engard will give her next talk at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the library’s Community Room on the subject, “Julia Morgan: Architect for San Simeon.”
Morgan, as the predominant woman architect of the early 20th century, is accredited with the design of buildings throughout California (and also the Hawaiian Islands), particularly the principal edifices of the YMCA and YWCA (one of which now serves as the Riverside County Museum of Art), as well as structures at the campuses of Mills College in Oakland and UC Berkeley.
Her fame continues to this day as the designer of William Randolph Hearst’s estate.
Engard will draw upon the available archival record of the Hearst pleasure dome and its contents, and will have answers to specific questions regarding the architect’s real place in the history of her particular field as well as the history of the West. This free event is open to the public.