Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument – Casa Grande
(San Simeon, CA)
Located in San Simeon, California overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Hearst Castle was built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and designed by American architect Julia Morgan. Construction on the 250,000 acre estate began in 1919, and included two swimming pools, a tennis court, a movie theatre, and three guest cottages.
An avid traveler and collector, the castle also displayed the vast art collection amassed by Mr. Hearst, including American and European Old Master paintings and sculptures, tapestries, oriental rugs, Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities, silver, furniture and historic ceilings. Hearst named his new estate La Cuesta Encantada, Spanish for “Enchanted Hill.” The mansion became famous for hosting the Hollywood and political elite of the day, including Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, Winston Churchill, Charles Lindbergh, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joan Crawford.
When Hearst left his San Simeon in 1947 due to his failing health, the Castle was left unfinished. The estate was donated to the People of the State of California in December 1957 by Hearst Corporation. A National and California Historical Landmark, Hearst Castle is currently operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation which offers daily tours of the estate.
Owner: California Department of Parks and Recreation
Original Architect: Julia Morgan
Architect: Page & Turnbull, Inc.
Restoration Contractor: Spectra Company
General Contractor: Best Contracting Services, Inc.
Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers