“Never turn down a job because you think itís too small; you donít know where it can lead.”

Julia Morgan
Julia Morgan was one of the first women to graduate with a civil engineering degree. She then decided to study architecture in Paris. Upon arrival, she was refused entry due to being a woman. After a two-year wait, Julia was accepted as the first woman to enter their program. After graduation, Julia opened her own architectural firm. One of her first projects was the Bell Tower of Mills College, Oakland (one of the few structures to survive the 1906 earthquake). After the quake, she rebuilt the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. In 1919, she met William Randolph Hearst. Over the next 28 years Julia supervised the construction of Hearst Castle down to the finest detail. Although never fully finished, the Castle is a testament to her intelligence, taste and talent.