Monday, 1 February 2010

Social Studies: Hearst Castle

Main House at Hearst Castle.

Originally a campground on a ranch started by George Hearst, Hearst Castle is located near the community of San Simeon, California approximately 250 miles (400 km) from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

William Randolph Hearst, son of George Hearst inherited the ranch, which had grown to 250,000 acres (1,012 km2) and fourteen miles of coastline in 1919. Hearst was tired of camping in tents.

" I’m getting a little too old for that." He said.

So he approached architect Julia Morgan with the idea to build something on the ranch. Construction began in 1919 and continued through 1947 when Hearst stopped living at the estate due to ill health. Morgan persuaded Hearst to begin with the guest cottages because the smaller structures could be completed more quickly. Besides dwellings the huge estate had tennis courts swimming pools, a zoo, a cinema, and an airfield. Antique ceilings, Greek vases dating from 700 B.C., rare oriental carpets, and myriad works of art can be seen throughout William Randolph Hearst's vast home.

William Randolph Hearst (left) and Julia Morgan (Right) in 1926.

View from the air.



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