Reconstruction of Angel Island Cottages designed by Julia Morgan

Funding was recently secured to rebuild historic cottages on Angel Island.

Funding was recently secured to rebuild historic cottages on Angel Island.

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Angel Island cottages designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan are set to be rebuilt soon thanks to new government funding.

Morgan designed twelve huts for the families and employees who worked at the Angel Island Immigration Station before it closed in 1940. The huts burned in 1971 during a fire drill, footage of which appears in the film “The Candidate” starring Robert Redford, and only their concrete foundations remain today.

Two of the huts will be rebuilt with the help of $1 million in state funding recently secured by Assembly Budget Chairman Phil Ting of San Francisco, Ting’s office announced in a news release. Its restoration is part of a larger improvement project for the immigration station, which includes repairs to other sites and buildings on the island.

“I want to make history come alive for visitors, providing an invaluable opportunity to learn about the past and imagine a more inclusive future,” Ting said in the statement.

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Photograph of Asian immigrants arriving at the Angel Island Quarantine Station, circa 1911.

Photograph of Asian immigrants arriving at the Angel Island Quarantine Station, circa 1911.

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The huts are located on a hillside on the island overlooking the immigration station, where hundreds of thousands of Asian immigrants were held in barracks before undergoing immigration procedures imposed by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, according to California State Parks.

During the immigration station’s operation, Angel Island served as an entry point for countless immigrants from more than 80 countries. The island was considered an ideal place for a detention facility because of its isolation, especially as intolerance toward Asian workers increased in the decades following the Gold Rush, the park system states.

“Angel Island is a living landmark for all immigrants, their descendants and their families. It symbolizes diverse experiences of racism, exclusion, detention, resilience and hope. It symbolizes diverse experiences of racism, exclusion, detention, resilience and hope,” Edward Tiburn, executive director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, said in a news release from Ting’s office.

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Morgan was hired to build the huts by her brother-in-law, who was a commissioner at the immigration station. It consisted of simple floor plans with additional components.

The bungalows fell into disrepair after the immigration station closed, despite the reputation of their famous architect: Morgan was the first licensed female architect in California, and perhaps most famous for designing a small bungalow in San Simeon for William Randolph Hearst that would eventually become Hearst Castle.

The huts are expected to be rebuilt by 2026, according to the news release.

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