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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