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
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affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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