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Historic time period: 1890–1930

Building Beautiful Buildings

Architects design the buildings we use every day. Their designs solve problems, like how to make a sturdy building, and reflect their ideas about beauty and history.

Julia Morgan Built a Castle is a book about one of America's first women architects, who designed almost 800 buildings during her career. Explore the story by reading together and then try some of these fun activities to learn more about architecture and how buildings are designed.

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Julia Morgan Built a Castle

by Celeste Davidson Mannis

Julia Morgan Built a Castle Copyright Viking Press


  • scaled drawing of a person in a room

    Paper Houses

    Play and Create

    Take the architect's challenge! Try three different ways of representing your home on paper.

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  • view of the Supreme Court of the United States

    Searching for Symmetry and Scale

    Learn from Objects

    Take a close look at two drawings of a famous building.

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  • geometric shapes

    Shape Up

    Use Technology

    How many different shapes can you find by looking at a building? Use your computer's paint program to explore.

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  • front of a house

    House Hunting

    Take a Trip

    Use a field guide to see the buildings in your neighborhood through the eyes of an architect!

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