Julia Morgan (and J. Martyn Haenke and W. J. Dodd)
|Thanks to Christopher T. White for making some corrections to the information formerly on this site.|
|The Examiner Building (housing the newspaper of the same name) was Morgan's first important project for William Randolph Hearst. The Mission-style building occupies an entire city block. Originally the first floor arcades were open. (See Boutelle 175 for a black and white photo of an early view or this site for a 1939 photograph.) However, during World War II they were enclosed for security during blackouts.|
|The Mission style borrowed from a broad vocabulary of Moorish, Spanish, and Renaissance details. Here obvious Mission-style features include: the white adobe-like walls, the frontal shaped parapet with coping, the red rounded clay roof tiles, the wide arches (originally squat to support thick adobe walls), and the wrought-iron balconies.|
|The domed square bell-tower with arched opening for bells occurs in a number of missions in California. The star-shaped window occurs in the Mission of San Carlos Borromeo in Carmel.|
|The tile-covered shed roof is a common Mission-style feature (the projection protected adobe walls from the elements). However, the elegant top-story loggia seems more Italianate.|
The central dome and lantern
The side from the back and a corner domeThe colorful corner domes allude to the Mission-style as well. Decoration in California missions borrowed from indiginous Indian traditions.
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