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Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire for nearly 64 years, after ascending the throne just weeks after turning 18.
2024/06/05

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Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire for nearly 64 years, after ascending the throne just weeks after turning 18. She was the second-longest-reigning English royal in history, topped only by her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II.

While short in stature–she was barely 5 feet tall–Victoria was a giant in shaping the modern monarchy, leaving her mark on what has come to be called the Victorian Era.

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People called her Miss Morgan.

And Miss Morgan was just five feet tall, slender, dressed in drab, fragile looking. There was something Quakerish about her people said.

When she spoke, she did so softly. But "when she issued orders it was with the finality of a Marine drill sergeant."

Miss Morgan was Julia Morgan. And Julia was an architect. One who graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1894. One who waited for two years for admission into the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris because of her gender.

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And then became the first woman to graduate. And then she became the first woman to be registered as an architect in California.

In 1904, Julia opened her own architectural firm. Where she shared profits with her workers. And where her career lasted 42 years. Over which she designed about 790 structures, including Hearst Castle.

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