Julia Morgan believed that architecture was a visual art. Having designed over 700 buildings, most notably Hearst Castle in San Simeon during her 46-year career as one of California’s premier architects, she proved herself to be a true artist.
The first woman to graduate from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in civil engineering and to be admitted into and graduate from the foremost architectural program at the time, the L’Ecole des Beaux-arts school in Paris, France, Morgan became California’s first female architect in 1902.
In the midst of our beautiful City of Riverside, we have a Morgan-designed landmark treasure. Built in 1929 in a unique mixture of Mediterranean and Classical revival styles, the Riverside YWCA on the corner of Lime and Mission Inn incorporated practicality, convenience, and elegant simplicity in an innovative tri-block design, constructed with reinforced, poured-in-place concrete. This design is unique among the 17 YWCA's Morgan designed. The movement and interest created by the tri-block design works not only on the exterior of the building, but also on the two interior floors. Morgan's building successfully functioned as Riverside's YWCA for nearly 40 years.
The building’s distinctive architecture as a work of art in its own right brought it to the attention of the Riverside Art Center in the 1960s. Purchased from the YWCA on July 5, 1967, Morgan’s building became the proud home of the Riverside Art Museum.
Although the original function of Julia Morgan's building has changed, the spirit of its precedent-setting architect will be forever preserved in the timeless quality and beautiful design of the building. Morgan's architecture truly stands as a testimony to her fortitude, her skill, and her brilliantly enduring sensibilities.
The building is now home to artists and art lovers as a place to quietly roam and experience the world of art. With quarterly exhibits featuring artwork by the masters as well as up-and-coming contemporary artists, there’s something to pique everyone’s interests and to challenge their perceptions of what art is. Art classes for the young and young at heart alike teach art history and technique.
...and if you’re looking for the perfect place for an elegant affair for your special day, look no further than the historic and unique building that is now the Riverside Art Museum. Exchange vows in Julia’s garden-like atrium. Let your friends and family toast to your joy and good health in one of our art galleries, and dance the night away in the arms of the one you love under the stars on our rooftop courtyard.
Here's what you should know:
Thank you for considering the Riverside Art Museum for your wedding, birthday, anniversary, holiday party, and more.
Other couples have also viewed
5 Reviews for Riverside Art Museum
Recommended by 84% of couples
Emily · Married on 08/05/2017
Kathy at the museum was the absolute best to work with. She accommodated all my needs, and made my wedding day go by without any issues. The rooftop view is unbeatable, and all the guests loved the venue as much as we did!Sent on 08/09/2017
Andrea · Married on 05/28/2016
Our ceremony was inside and the reception was on the rooftop. It was a beautiful and unique setting with downtown Riverside as a backdrop. The RAM provided the beauty of the Mission Inn without the price tag, but with loads more charm. Kathy was flexible, responsive, and fantastic. This is the place to having a wedding.Sent on 08/18/2016
Dana · Married on 03/12/2016
We did not actually end up choosing this venue but it was a close second because the value was one of the best! The event coordinator is amazing and full of good tips! On a beautiful night a rooftop ceremony and or reception would be to die for. We had the pleasure of doing our walk through before a wedding and got to see how versatile the spaces can be used! You can rent a lot or as little of the museum as you wish but the entire museum is yours for the night so no public access. Definitely have the event coordinator look up the art exhibit which will be in the rooms you book so you can possible coordinate decor. Super late pick up on rentals through the in house company so there won't be any rush to get out. Great value!Sent on 11/05/2015