A celebration of Julia Morgan, California's first licensed female architect, will be presented Sunday in San Pedro by the Los Angeles Conservancy.

The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the historic 1918 YWCA building (437 W. Ninth St.) designed by Morgan. Guests can take tours of the building, hear a panel discussion and attend a reception. The doors open at 1:30 p.m.

The panel discussion will examine Morgan's relationship with the YWCA and its impact on the community.

Morgan is often recognized for her work on high-profile landmarks - including Hearst Castle and the Herald-Examiner building - but she also worked extensively with the Young Women's Christian Association. She designed more than 30 YWCA buildings.

The San Pedro building was conceived during World War I by the YWCA's War Work Council as a hostess house for "women friends and relatives of the Army and Navy." It soon began providing food, shelter and recreation for young women also working in the area.

In 1978, the building was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (#186).

Sunday's event on Veterans Day is part of the Julia Morgan 2012 Festival organized by the conservancy's Landmarks California Committee.

Tickets are $10 for conservancy and YWCA Harbor Area members; $15 for non-members.

Go to lac.laconservancy.org/pedro/.

- Donna Littlejohn



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