Julia Morgan House

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Goethe House
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Julia Morgan House is located in California
Julia Morgan House
Location 3731 T St., Sacramento, California
Coordinates 38°33′33.40″N 121°27′37.62″W / 38.5592778°N 121.4604500°W / 38.5592778; -121.4604500Coordinates: 38°33′33.40″N 121°27′37.62″W / 38.5592778°N 121.4604500°W / 38.5592778; -121.4604500
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1924
Architect Morgan,Julia
Architectural style Mediterranean Revival; Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 82002230[1]
Added to NRHP February 19, 1982

The Julia Morgan House (also known as the Goethe House) is a Mediterranean Revival mansion, located in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Sacramento, California, constructed by Julia Morgan, the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California,[2] and formerly owned by Charles Goethe. Goethe left the home, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to Sacramento State University after his death in 1966.[3]


In 1918, Charles Goethe hired Julia Morgan to draw plans for the Goethe House.[4] When Goethe died in 1966 he bequeathed the house along with his library, papers, and a large monetary donation to Sacramento State University.[5] Since then, University Enterprises, Inc. has maintained the house.

Recent history[edit]

In 1982 the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places due to its historic nature.[4][6] Part of its historic nature is the fact that it is the only example of Morgan's domestic architecture in the Sacramento area.[2] In 1999, the home was remodeled and its name was formally changed to the Julia Morgan House.[4] A subsequent appraisal in 2004 found in the Sacramento Bee listed the home's value at US$2,000,000.[5] The house had been used by the university to hold events by both the faculty and the students, but due to budget cuts its use has been terminated. As of 2010, there were no plans to hold future events at the house.[5]

In 2011 the house was put on the real estate market. The university stated that due budget restraints, it can no longer afford to maintain it.[7]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Julia Morgan House & Gardens in Sacramento". Archived from the original on 3 April 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Platt, Tony (3-1-04). "The Racist Money-Bags Behind Sacramento State University". History News Network. Retrieved 9 August 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ a b c "Charles M. Goethe Timeline". California State University Sacramento Library. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Sandoval, Timothy (2010-2-24). "The State Hornet - Vacant mansion costs Sac State $40,000 a year for upkeep". The State Hornet. Retrieved 9 August 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - CALIFORNIA (CA), Sacramento County". nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Ordaz, Leticia (April 6, 2011). "Piece Of History Goes On Sale In Sacramento". KCRA 3. Retrieved 8 February 2012.