Victoria Kastner

Victoria Kastner

I am delighted to announce that my new book–Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect–will be published by Chronicle Books, launching March 1st. This is the first volume to reveal the story of Julia’s private life–which was as remarkable as the career she forged as the world’s most prominent female architect. This long-awaited biography is filled with never-before-told anecdotes and gorgeous photography by Alexander Vertikoff. I’m eager to share it with you. For more information, please visit me at I was Hearst Castle’s official historian for more than twenty years, during which time I wrote the definitive trilogy on its history, published by Abrams Books: Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House, with a foreword by George Plimpton; Hearst’s San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land; and Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy. I have been interviewed extensively on national and international media, and I will be appearing in the upcoming documentary Citizen Hearst, premiering on PBS American Experience on September 27 and 29, 2021. I have also lectured throughout the country, and I have master’s degrees in Public History from the University of California at Santa Barbara and in Museum Management from George Washington University.
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