Learn More Mark Anthony Wilson, a Berkeley
architectural historian, has been writing and
teaching about American architecture for more
than 35 years. His 2011 book Julia Morgan:
Architect of Beauty (Gibbs Smith, $30 softcover,
213 pages) was the first comprehensive book on
the trailblazing architect written in 20 years.
The clubhouse is constructed of redwood, with floor-
to-ceiling windows along the east and west sides for
unobstructed views of the bay and hills. The facade
incorporates several balconies to further capitalize on
the natural setting and create an indoor-outdoor effect.
The exterior is sheathed in redwood shingles, integrating
the building aesthetically with its surroundings. In 1923
Morgan also designed a second-story boardroom, with pan-
oramic views on all four sides.
The clubhouse interior has a warm, welcoming ambi-
ence, with an auditorium that seats up to 300 — a light and
open space with hardwood floors, board-and-batten red-
wood paneled walls, and an open-beamed peaked ceiling
with massive wooden trusses along the east and west ends.
The raised stage is at the north end; off the south end, an
entry hall with a redwood staircase leads to the board-
room. A kitchen was built on the southwest corner in 2006.
Seismic upgrades were made in 1994 and all the lighting
was updated, with some of the old fixtures re-created to
look like the originals.
In 1979, the Sausalito Woman’s Club became the first his-
toric city landmark in Sausalito, and in 1993 it was added to
the National Register of Historic Places — fitting tributes for
an architectural gem designed for a group of independent
women by America’s first independent female architect. M T I M