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    The Other Casas

    by machomikemd Written Aug 13, 2011
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    Casa Grande is the Largest of the four Casas in the Enchanted Hill portion of the Hearst Castle and tours three and four will also take you to three other Casas (the Casa Del Monte and Casa Del Mar and Casa Del Sol) but unfortunately, I did not have time to do tours three and four and I don;t want to do tour one which I did 21 years ago. The hearst family presently stays at one of the victorian guesthouses at the back of the Casa Grande which they made their summer retreat since the deed of the hearst family donation stipulated the the descendants of William Randoph Hearst Can Use the Hearst Castle Anytime they please.

    according to their website:

    Casa del Mar:

    Casa del Mar is the Castle's largest and most elaborate guest house and includes a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean. It was in Casa del Mar that Hearst spent his final years of residence on the hilltop.

    Casa Del Monte:

    Casa del Monte is one of Hearst's magnificent guesthouses that overlooks the Santa Lucia Mountains and includes ten rooms lavishly decorated with tapestries, antique furniture and pieces from the Castle's art collection.

    Casa Del Sol:

    An 18-room guesthouse facing the Pacific coastline. See four bedrooms, four baths and a
    sitting room.

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    Duplex Bedrooms

    by machomikemd Written Aug 13, 2011
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    The Duplex Bedrooms in Casa Grande are unique rooms located in the mezzanine area of the Casa Grande and are stylish pieces of artsy bedrooms that gave architect Julia Morgan Headaches on how to design them since Hearst was always trying to reconfigure the concept for the rooms (the rich people are eccentric remember). They are two level twin beds (more like a loft) and the best part of staying here is that it is nearest to the Huge Kitchen and you can grab a bite just steps away hehehe.

    according to their website:

    Architect Julia Morgan required both patience and ingenuity when responding to Mr. Hearst’s many changes of mind. Two tall sitting rooms topped with loft bedrooms provide examples of her skill. Originally constructed as open light wells, these narrow spaces were later transformed into delightful guest accommodations. As elegant rooms decorated with tapestries and painted ceilings, they blend in so beautifully that it is hard to believe they were literally built from thin air.

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    Celestial Suite

    by machomikemd Written Aug 13, 2011
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    The Celestial Suite actually has two rooms and are located at the top two towers of the Casa Grande and are connected by a large living room in the middle. The elevator only goes to the living room so that you would need to climb a steep winding number of steps going to both suites but only one is available for viewing. They maybe called celestial suites but are really cramped up inside and there are only a bed and some views and you need to climb down the stairs below just to take a leak. The views in the living room facing the Pacific Ocean are magnificent.

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    Library

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    my Hearst Castle Private Library Tips

    The library in Casa Grande is large and has lots of reading material relevant during those times and more but William Hearst does more private time at the Gothic Suite in his private sitting room where there is also a mini library. There are lots of books and priceless art collections inside the library.

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    Guests were welcome to browse through the Library’s four thousand books. This imposing space also showcases one of Mr. Hearst’s most treasured collections: one hundred and fifty ancient Greek vases, all more than two thousand years old. These fragile clay vessels are displayed throughout the room and provide fascinating glimpses of daily life in ancient Greece. At eighty feet in length and filled with precious objects, the Library is truly a room to get lost in.

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    Gothic Suite (The Private Elevator)

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    Although the elevator goes up the 4 levels of Casa Grande, I've inlcuded the elevator in the Gothic Suite Tips since this is the final stop of the Opulent Private elevator of Hearst Castle.

    The Huge Gothic Suite is the personal room of William Randolph P Hearst and her companion, Marion Davies and the huge suite occupies the whole third floor of the Casa Grande Mansion. The suite has two large bedrooms, a private library and the church like Gothic Study room where he relaxes and reads the daily papers that his company publishes and he does other things. This will be a multi part tip with more pictures of the assorted places inside the huge gothic suite like the opulent bathrooms and walk in closets, the study and the rooms.

    according to their website:

    W. R. Hearst’s private quarters occupied the entire third floor. Here he displayed many sacred objects, including paintings, statues, textiles, and metalwork. Mr. Hearst was not a formal churchgoer, but he treasured these precious late-medieval pieces. He and his companion Marion Davies occupied the suite’s two bedrooms and private sitting room. Its soaring Gothic Study evokes a church, with its high windows and painted arches. But three thousand books and an imposing conference table show that this was actually Mr. Hearst’s personal library and executive board room.

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    Gothic Suite (the Sitting Room)

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    The Pictures here are inside the Sitting Room of the Gothic Suite where Hearst would read his newspapers and just hang around.

    The Huge Gothic Suite is the personal room of William Randolph P Hearst and her companion, Marion Davies and the huge suite occupies the whole third floor of the Casa Grande Mansion. The suite has two large bedrooms, a private library and the church like Gothic Study room where he relaxes and reads the daily papers that his company publishes and he does other things. This will be a multi part tip with more pictures of the assorted places inside the huge gothic suite like the opulent bathrooms and walk in closets, the study and the rooms.

    according to their website:

    W. R. Hearst’s private quarters occupied the entire third floor. Here he displayed many sacred objects, including paintings, statues, textiles, and metalwork. Mr. Hearst was not a formal churchgoer, but he treasured these precious late-medieval pieces. He and his companion Marion Davies occupied the suite’s two bedrooms and private sitting room. Its soaring Gothic Study evokes a church, with its high windows and painted arches. But three thousand books and an imposing conference table show that this was actually Mr. Hearst’s personal library and executive board room.

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    Gothic Suite (The Paintings)

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    The Gothic Suite has a number of Paintings of William Randolph P Hearst and his Mother and Father and Grandparents.

    The Huge Gothic Suite is the personal room of William Randolph P Hearst and her companion, Marion Davies and the huge suite occupies the whole third floor of the Casa Grande Mansion. The suite has two large bedrooms, a private library and the church like Gothic Study room where he relaxes and reads the daily papers that his company publishes and he does other things. This will be a multi part tip with more pictures of the assorted places inside the huge gothic suite like the opulent bathrooms and walk in closets, the study and the rooms.

    according to their website:

    W. R. Hearst’s private quarters occupied the entire third floor. Here he displayed many sacred objects, including paintings, statues, textiles, and metalwork. Mr. Hearst was not a formal churchgoer, but he treasured these precious late-medieval pieces. He and his companion Marion Davies occupied the suite’s two bedrooms and private sitting room. Its soaring Gothic Study evokes a church, with its high windows and painted arches. But three thousand books and an imposing conference table show that this was actually Mr. Hearst’s personal library and executive board room.

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    Gothic Suite (the two Rooms)

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    The pictures here are the 2 bedrooms of the Gothic Suite which were the ones where Hearst and Marion Davies Slept.

    The Huge Gothic Suite is the personal room of William Randolph P Hearst and her companion, Marion Davies and the huge suite occupies the whole third floor of the Casa Grande Mansion. The suite has two large bedrooms, a private library and the church like Gothic Study room where he relaxes and reads the daily papers that his company publishes and he does other things. This will be a multi part tip with more pictures of the assorted places inside the huge gothic suite like the opulent bathrooms and walk in closets, the study and the rooms.

    according to their website:

    W. R. Hearst’s private quarters occupied the entire third floor. Here he displayed many sacred objects, including paintings, statues, textiles, and metalwork. Mr. Hearst was not a formal churchgoer, but he treasured these precious late-medieval pieces. He and his companion Marion Davies occupied the suite’s two bedrooms and private sitting room. Its soaring Gothic Study evokes a church, with its high windows and painted arches. But three thousand books and an imposing conference table show that this was actually Mr. Hearst’s personal library and executive board room.

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    Gothic Suite (bathrooms)

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    Pictures of the Plush Bathrooms and walk in closets in the Gothic Suite.

    The Huge Gothic Suite is the personal room of William Randolph P Hearst and her companion, Marion Davies and the huge suite occupies the whole third floor of the Casa Grande Mansion. The suite has two large bedrooms, a private library and the church like Gothic Study room where he relaxes and reads the daily papers that his company publishes and he does other things. This will be a multi part tip with more pictures of the assorted places inside the huge gothic suite like the opulent bathrooms and walk in closets, the study and the rooms.

    according to their website:

    W. R. Hearst’s private quarters occupied the entire third floor. Here he displayed many sacred objects, including paintings, statues, textiles, and metalwork. Mr. Hearst was not a formal churchgoer, but he treasured these precious late-medieval pieces. He and his companion Marion Davies occupied the suite’s two bedrooms and private sitting room. Its soaring Gothic Study evokes a church, with its high windows and painted arches. But three thousand books and an imposing conference table show that this was actually Mr. Hearst’s personal library and executive board room.

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    Doge Suite (part 2)

    by machomikemd Written Aug 10, 2011
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    Part two of my Doge Suite tip with more pictures since VT only allows 5 maximum per tip.

    The Opulent Doge Suit is only reserved for Mr. Heart's Special Guests. All other guests are billeted in the Cloisters or at the other Casas outside the Enchanted Hill area and this suit is very large and very opulent (and I can say very dark and damp, I would want to sleep here are is has a eerie feel for me hehehe). The Doge Suite in Hearst Castle was reportedly done via a faithful reproduction, inspired by the ornate chambers of the Doge’s Palace in Venice. this richly decorated suite of two bedrooms and a private sitting room was assigned only to Mr. Hearst’s special guests. They were literally surrounded by art, including beautifully painted antique ceilings overhead. An arched marble balcony featuring carved lions and magnificent views of the Santa Lucia Mountains.

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    Doge Suite (part 1)

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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures since VT only allows 5 maximum per tip.

    The Opulent Doge Suit is only reserved for Mr. Heart's Special Guests. All other guests are billeted in the Cloisters or at the other Casas outside the Enchanted Hill area and this suit is very large and very opulent (and I can say very dark and damp, I would want to sleep here are is has a eerie feel for me hehehe). The Doge Suite in Hearst Castle was reportedly done via a faithful reproduction, inspired by the ornate chambers of the Doge’s Palace in Venice. this richly decorated suite of two bedrooms and a private sitting room was assigned only to Mr. Hearst’s special guests. They were literally surrounded by art, including beautifully painted antique ceilings overhead. An arched marble balcony featuring carved lions and magnificent views of the Santa Lucia Mountains.

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    The Cloisters

    by machomikemd Written Aug 10, 2011
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    The Cloisters is a number of rooms (about 3) located at the second level of the Huge Main Building, the Casa Grande and the design is like being in a monastery. The rooms are all large and the design inside are a combination of Spanish religious art, various italian tapestries, some pictures of saints and assorted classical and renaissance paintings. The rooms are all connected by a large passageway and has a gothic feel in it. It is really a privilege to be one of William Randolph Hearst guest to be billeted at this room during those times. This part of the tour is included in Tour number 2 option of the hearst castle.

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    The Huge Kitchen and Panty (part 2)

    by machomikemd Written Aug 9, 2011
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    More Kitchen and Pantry Photos for my Kitchen Tips!

    A Large Estate needs a Large Kitchen and Pantry too! this truism is never more apparent in the huge kitchen and pantry area of the Hearst Castle where it literaly can feed a crowd! William Randoph Hearst hosts lots of guest and parties here in the estate during his time and ill the most modern and most extravagant kitchen and pantry area at that time. The huge area hosts to very large kitchen amenities like oversized appliances and some of the earliest Frigidaire refrigerators manufactured and huge grillers, storage areas, ovens, large pots and pans, serving plates, chaffing dishes and more. The kitchen leads to a large patio outside where you can do parties and also take a dip at the Roman Pool which is just steps away from the kitchen.

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    The Huge Kitchen and Panty (part 1)

    by machomikemd Written Aug 9, 2011
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    A Large Estate needs a Large Kitchen and Pantry too! this truism is never more apparent in the huge kitchen and pantry area of the Hearst Castle where it literaly can feed a crowd! William Randoph Hearst hosts lots of guest and parties here in the estate during his time and ill the most modern and most extravagant kitchen and pantry area at that time. The huge area hosts to very large kitchen amenities like oversized appliances and some of the earliest Frigidaire refrigerators manufactured and huge grillers, storage areas, ovens, large pots and pans, serving plates, chaffing dishes and more. The kitchen leads to a large patio outside where you can do parties and also take a dip at the Roman Pool which is just steps away from the kitchen.

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    Roman Pool (part 2)

    by machomikemd Written Aug 9, 2011
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    Part Two of My Roman Pool Tips with More Pictures!

    The Roman Pool is one of the two outdoor Pools located at the Enchanted Hill Portion of the Hearst Castle and is at the back part of the estate. Again, all the tours pass by here as this is the end part of any tour you choose of Hearst castle and where the shuttle buses will pick you up and drop you off at the Visitor's Center. The Roman Pool is way more opulent than the Neptune Pool outside as it has very expensive tiles and some of them are gold trimmed and as patterned after the ancient Roman Baths in the 5th century. The visitors would really feel like king when taking a dip at the roman pool during those halycon days of the 30's and were very privileged to be Hearst's Guests.

    according to their website:

    The Roman Pool at Hearst castle is a tiled indoor pool decorated with eight statues of Roman gods, goddesses and heroes. The pool appears to be styled after an ancient Roman bath such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome c. 211-17 CE. The mosaic tiled patterns were inspired by mosaics found in the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy. They are also representative of traditional marine monster themes that can be found in ancient Roman baths. The statues are rough copies of ancient Greek and Roman statues. One such copy represents the "Apoxyomenos." Statuary was used on a considerable scale in the Baths of Caracalla.

    The pool and surrounding room, which were built from 1927-1934, can be compared to an ancient Roman bath. The pool, like the baths, is located indoors. Its water was heated as in a tepidarium. However, in Hearst's complex there were no hot or cold baths as there were in the ancient complex. The Roman Pool complex was designed to contain an exercise room, sweat baths, a handball court and dressing rooms.

    The Roman Pool is decorated from ceiling to floor with 1" square mosaic tiles. These glass tiles, called smalti, are either colored (mainly blue or orange) or are clear with fused gold inside. The intense colors and shimmering gold of the tiles combine to create a breathtaking effect. The designs created by the tiles were developed by muralist Camille Solon. The inspiration for some of these designs came from the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

    Hearst was affected by the beauty of the mosaics in the mausoleum and incorporated similar styles into his Roman Pool. The walls of the mausoleum are marble but the vaulted arches are composed of blue and gold smalti. The roofs and dome are covered with mosaics of night blue, powdered with stars. The Roman Pool is similar to the mausoleum with its blue and gold color scheme and stylized star patterns. It differs because marble was only used in the statues, not on the walls, and there are no religious murals.

    Decorating the Roman Pool are eight marble statues. These statues were carved starting in 1930 by Carlo Freter working in Pietrasanta, Italy. They are rough copies of ancient Greek and Roman statues. The statue of "Apoxyomenos" is found near the east side of the building. "Apoxyomenos," also known as "The Scraper," is a statue of an athlete scraping dirt and moisture off the underside of his right arm. The original bronze statue was created by the Greek sculptor Lysippos c. 320 B.C.E. Because Lysippos' work does not survive, Freter worked from an ancient Roman copy of "The Scraper" found in the Vatican museum in Rome. Freter faithfully copied the Roman copy but also completes the statue with the addition of the missing strigil (scraper) and the missing fingers of the outstretched hand.

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