Sara Holmes Boutelle wasan architectural historian who rediscovered Julia Morgan, one of the first female architects to achieve major success. Until ''Julia Morgan, Architect'' (1988), little was known about Morgan (1872-1957) beyond the fact that she had designed William Randolph Hearst's spectacular California castle, San Simeon.
Ms. Boutelle, who taught art and architecture at the Brearley School in New York, became fascinated with Morgan when she visited San Simeon in 1972 and learned that its architect was a woman she had never heard of. When Ms. Boutelle retired from Brearley the next year, she moved to Northern California and began to study the building.Ms. Boutelle was educated at Mount Holyoke College, the Sorbonne and Hamburg University.