Julia Morgan House

This Mediterranean-style house in Sacramento, California, was designed by Julia Morgan, the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California.

Widely regarded as America’s greatest female architect, Morgan is probably best known for designing the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, a project she oversaw for 28 years. But she is also responsible for some 700 buildings and homes in California and Hawaii, and is the only woman to receive the American Architect’s highest honor, the gold medal.

The house was built from 1919-1922, commissioned as a gift by Lizzie Glide as a wedding gift for her daughter, Mary Glide Goethe, and her husband, Charles Goethe.

Mary died in 1942, and after Charles passed in 1966, the 7,200 square foot house was given to The Foundation at Sacramento State, now University Enterprises, Inc. In 1999, UEI performed $1.7 million dollar restoration on the mansion.

A few personal stories online say the mansion, which is now used for events and weddings, is haunted. One claim reports that workers in the 1990s often heard children crying when nobody is there, saw images of a man in a top hat accompanied by intense aromas, and just “felt” a presence.

An urban legend? Probably. But we’ve had an intense week of eerie stories, so it was time for a super gentle haunting. Besides, tomorrow’s gonna be a doozy so you deserve a little break here.

The Morgan house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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