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June 22, 2001

Heritage Council Honors
University for Morgan House Work


The California Heritage Council has recognized California State University, Sacramento for the renovation and preservation of the historic Julia Morgan House and Gardens on T Street. The award was presented at a dinner June 20 in San Francisco.

Work on the $1.7 million project, paid for through private contributions, was completed last summer. The home is now used for University and public special events, and its west wing houses the University's LIFE Center, which provides health and fitness classes for seniors.

The California Heritage Council was founded in 1959 and works to save places and buildings which have given quality and distinction to the cultural life of California. It honored seven projects last year, including San Francisco City Hall, Stanford University's Bing Wing of the Green Library and the Petaluma Historical Museum and Library.

The 6,000 square-foot Julia Morgan Home was built for Sacramento businessman Charles M. Goethe and his wife Mary in the 1920s.

It was designed by celebrated architect Julia Morgan, the first woman to graduate from the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first female architect licensed in California. Morgan is perhaps best known for designing the sprawling San Simeon for Randolph Hearst. The only other Sacramento building she designed is the Sacramento Market on J Street.

Goethe gave the home to CSUS upon his death in 1966. In 1982 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The University based its renovations in large part on original plans for the residence bearing Morgan's stamp. Care was taken to preserve the home in as close to its original condition as possible.

More information is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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