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- On this day, January 3rd, 1897, Marion Cecilia Douras was born. Davies' (after a name change) film career spanned both silent and talking films. She starred alongside the likes of Clark Gable and Bing Crosby during her tenure as a leading lady. It wasn't her film career that ultimately made her famous - rather it was her status as the "other woman" in the life of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. In 1941 we were introduced to the fictionalized version of Davies, Susan Alexander in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Alexander was the talent-less mistress of the powerful protagonist Charles Foster Kane. Davies' actual legacy as a golden age leading lady never recovered. // image courtesy of Alfred Cheney Johnston [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons // #hearstcastle #mariondavies #citizenkane #susanalexander #sansimeon #castateparks #californiahistory #hollywood #leadinglady #silentfilmstar #1920sfashion #takeatour
- On this day, January 3rd, 1897, Marion Cecilia Douras was born. Davies' (after a name change) film career spanned both silent and talking films. She starred alongside the likes of Clark Gable and Bing Crosby during her tenure as a leading lady. It wasn't her film career that ultimately made her famous - rather it was her status as the "other woman" in the life of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. In 1941 we were introduced to the fictionalized version of Davies, Susan Alexander in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Alexander was the talent-less mistress of the powerful protagonist Charles Foster Kane. Davies' actual legacy as a golden age leading lady never recovered. // image courtesy of Alfred Cheney Johnston [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons // #hearstcastle #mariondavies #citizenkane #susanalexander #sansimeon #castateparks #californiahistory #hollywood #leadinglady #silentfilmstar #1920sfashion #takeatour
- On this day, January 3rd, 1897, Marion Cecilia Douras was born. Davies' (after a name change) film career spanned both silent and talking films. She starred alongside the likes of Clark Gable and Bing Crosby during her tenure as a leading lady. It wasn't her film career that ultimately made her famous - rather it was her status as the "other woman" in the life of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. In 1941 we were introduced to the fictionalized version of Davies, Susan Alexander in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Alexander was the talent-less mistress of the powerful protagonist Charles Foster Kane. Davies' actual legacy as a golden age leading lady never recovered. // image courtesy of Alfred Cheney Johnston [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons // #hearstcastle #mariondavies #citizenkane #susanalexander #sansimeon #castateparks #californiahistory #hollywood #leadinglady #silentfilmstar #1920sfashion #takeatour
- WR Hearst enjoyed Christmas and spent about 10 of them in residence at San Simeon between 1919 and 1947. We have some photographic evidence of how he used to decorate in addition to the remembrances of former household staff from interviews and old correspondence. What we do know is that the trees in the Assembly were the focal point and never failed to impress! This image is likely from the early 1930s when messy trees laden with tinsel and garlands were quite popular. // #christmasatthecastle #sansimeon #holidays #wrhearst #hearst #assemblyroom #christmastree #juliamorgan #castateparks
- WR Hearst enjoyed Christmas and spent about 10 of them in residence at San Simeon between 1919 and 1947. We have some photographic evidence of how he used to decorate in addition to the remembrances of former household staff from interviews and old correspondence. What we do know is that the trees in the Assembly were the focal point and never failed to impress! This image is likely from the early 1930s when messy trees laden with tinsel and garlands were quite popular. // #christmasatthecastle #sansimeon #holidays #wrhearst #hearst #assemblyroom #christmastree #juliamorgan #castateparks
- WR Hearst enjoyed Christmas and spent about 10 of them in residence at San Simeon between 1919 and 1947. We have some photographic evidence of how he used to decorate in addition to the remembrances of former household staff from interviews and old correspondence. What we do know is that the trees in the Assembly were the focal point and never failed to impress! This image is likely from the early 1930s when messy trees laden with tinsel and garlands were quite popular. // #christmasatthecastle #sansimeon #holidays #wrhearst #hearst #assemblyroom #christmastree #juliamorgan #castateparks
- The refectory is all decked out for the holidays! Come and visit us on one of our Holiday Twilight tours starting Saturday December 16th. The Holiday tours (75 minutes long) take you through one of the guest houses, all of the rooms on the ground floor of the main house and the Roman Pool. We are offering this tour every night from Dec 16-30 with the exception of Christmas Eve and Day.(this is not the same as our regular Evening tour which ends on Friday. The evening tour is longer with smaller groups and includes the upper floors of Casa Grande - it also includes docents in 30s costume and the Holiday tour does not feature any docents) // #holidaytwilighttour #christmasatthecastle #refectory #sansimeon #wrhearst #juliamorgan #castateparks #takeatour
- The refectory is all decked out for the holidays! Come and visit us on one of our Holiday Twilight tours starting Saturday December 16th. The Holiday tours (75 minutes long) take you through one of the guest houses, all of the rooms on the ground floor of the main house and the Roman Pool. We are offering this tour every night from Dec 16-30 with the exception of Christmas Eve and Day.(this is not the same as our regular Evening tour which ends on Friday. The evening tour is longer with smaller groups and includes the upper floors of Casa Grande - it also includes docents in 30s costume and the Holiday tour does not feature any docents) // #holidaytwilighttour #christmasatthecastle #refectory #sansimeon #wrhearst #juliamorgan #castateparks #takeatour
- The refectory is all decked out for the holidays! Come and visit us on one of our Holiday Twilight tours starting Saturday December 16th. The Holiday tours (75 minutes long) take you through one of the guest houses, all of the rooms on the ground floor of the main house and the Roman Pool. We are offering this tour every night from Dec 16-30 with the exception of Christmas Eve and Day.(this is not the same as our regular Evening tour which ends on Friday. The evening tour is longer with smaller groups and includes the upper floors of Casa Grande - it also includes docents in 30s costume and the Holiday tour does not feature any docents) // #holidaytwilighttour #christmasatthecastle #refectory #sansimeon #wrhearst #juliamorgan #castateparks #takeatour
- Grandson John Hearst, jr, also known as Bunky, recalled, "After the post dinner movie, Grandpop would excuse himself, tell the guests the place was theirs and go to work. He kept an eye on every one of his newspapers and this method of working was unique. The papers were spread on the floor of his study in long military lines and Grandpop would move among them, poking them with a foot and marking in red crayon the things he liked or didn't like. When he finished, he would dictate messages to his various editors...." // #hearstcastle #sansimeon #takeatour #gothicstudy #juliamorgan #casagrande #mediamagnate #yellowjournalism #citizenkane #wrhearst
- Grandson John Hearst, jr, also known as Bunky, recalled, "After the post dinner movie, Grandpop would excuse himself, tell the guests the place was theirs and go to work. He kept an eye on every one of his newspapers and this method of working was unique. The papers were spread on the floor of his study in long military lines and Grandpop would move among them, poking them with a foot and marking in red crayon the things he liked or didn't like. When he finished, he would dictate messages to his various editors...." // #hearstcastle #sansimeon #takeatour #gothicstudy #juliamorgan #casagrande #mediamagnate #yellowjournalism #citizenkane #wrhearst
- Grandson John Hearst, jr, also known as Bunky, recalled, "After the post dinner movie, Grandpop would excuse himself, tell the guests the place was theirs and go to work. He kept an eye on every one of his newspapers and this method of working was unique. The papers were spread on the floor of his study in long military lines and Grandpop would move among them, poking them with a foot and marking in red crayon the things he liked or didn't like. When he finished, he would dictate messages to his various editors...." // #hearstcastle #sansimeon #takeatour #gothicstudy #juliamorgan #casagrande #mediamagnate #yellowjournalism #citizenkane #wrhearst
- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Our decorating efforts are in full swing for this holiday season. Our Christmas themed tour, the Holiday Twilight tour, will be offered over Thanksgiving weekend and then will pick up again from December 16th through the end of the year. In the meantime we will continue to offer our regular Evening tours on Fridays and Saturdays until mid-December. Our evening tours are longer (100 minutes) and include our Living History docents in period costume. The Holiday Twilight tour is shorter at 75 minutes and does not include the Living History docents. There is some overlap on the tour routes with the Evening tour showing far more of the main house than the Holiday Twilight. // #christmastree #castlechristmas #hearst #takeatour #sansimeon #california #castateparks
- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Our decorating efforts are in full swing for this holiday season. Our Christmas themed tour, the Holiday Twilight tour, will be offered over Thanksgiving weekend and then will pick up again from December 16th through the end of the year. In the meantime we will continue to offer our regular Evening tours on Fridays and Saturdays until mid-December. Our evening tours are longer (100 minutes) and include our Living History docents in period costume. The Holiday Twilight tour is shorter at 75 minutes and does not include the Living History docents. There is some overlap on the tour routes with the Evening tour showing far more of the main house than the Holiday Twilight. // #christmastree #castlechristmas #hearst #takeatour #sansimeon #california #castateparks
- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Our decorating efforts are in full swing for this holiday season. Our Christmas themed tour, the Holiday Twilight tour, will be offered over Thanksgiving weekend and then will pick up again from December 16th through the end of the year. In the meantime we will continue to offer our regular Evening tours on Fridays and Saturdays until mid-December. Our evening tours are longer (100 minutes) and include our Living History docents in period costume. The Holiday Twilight tour is shorter at 75 minutes and does not include the Living History docents. There is some overlap on the tour routes with the Evening tour showing far more of the main house than the Holiday Twilight. // #christmastree #castlechristmas #hearst #takeatour #sansimeon #california #castateparks
- "One is apt to think of Hearst San Simeon only in terms of structural and architectural creations and fabulous collections of rare art -objects. The fact that it has also been the location of the introduction and planting of countless kinds of trees and other plants is much less well known. The time of this planting was largely concurrent with that of the other developments...extending over a period of nearly 30 years...." ~ Nigel Keep, former landscape supervisor from 1922-1947 // #sansimeon #juliamorgan #gardens #groundskeeper #palmtrees #sunnycalifornia #hearstcastle #wrhearst #castateparks
- "One is apt to think of Hearst San Simeon only in terms of structural and architectural creations and fabulous collections of rare art -objects. The fact that it has also been the location of the introduction and planting of countless kinds of trees and other plants is much less well known. The time of this planting was largely concurrent with that of the other developments...extending over a period of nearly 30 years...." ~ Nigel Keep, former landscape supervisor from 1922-1947 // #sansimeon #juliamorgan #gardens #groundskeeper #palmtrees #sunnycalifornia #hearstcastle #wrhearst #castateparks
- "One is apt to think of Hearst San Simeon only in terms of structural and architectural creations and fabulous collections of rare art -objects. The fact that it has also been the location of the introduction and planting of countless kinds of trees and other plants is much less well known. The time of this planting was largely concurrent with that of the other developments...extending over a period of nearly 30 years...." ~ Nigel Keep, former landscape supervisor from 1922-1947 // #sansimeon #juliamorgan #gardens #groundskeeper #palmtrees #sunnycalifornia #hearstcastle #wrhearst #castateparks
- Hearst Castle sits in the middle of the Hearst Ranch property. The ranch is a working cattle ranch still today. In WR's day you could find 5-7,000 head of cattle, Morgan/Arabian horses, dairy, hogs, dry farmed wheat and other grains, poultry, and orchards on the ranch. In 1940 more than half of the land was sold off to the US government as part of WR's cost cutting measures.This historic image shows the old poultry farm with the Castle in the distance. // #hearstranch #sansimeon #hearstcastle #juliamorgan #castateparks #takeatour #centralcoast #california #ranchlife
- Hearst Castle sits in the middle of the Hearst Ranch property. The ranch is a working cattle ranch still today. In WR's day you could find 5-7,000 head of cattle, Morgan/Arabian horses, dairy, hogs, dry farmed wheat and other grains, poultry, and orchards on the ranch. In 1940 more than half of the land was sold off to the US government as part of WR's cost cutting measures.This historic image shows the old poultry farm with the Castle in the distance. // #hearstranch #sansimeon #hearstcastle #juliamorgan #castateparks #takeatour #centralcoast #california #ranchlife
- Hearst Castle sits in the middle of the Hearst Ranch property. The ranch is a working cattle ranch still today. In WR's day you could find 5-7,000 head of cattle, Morgan/Arabian horses, dairy, hogs, dry farmed wheat and other grains, poultry, and orchards on the ranch. In 1940 more than half of the land was sold off to the US government as part of WR's cost cutting measures.This historic image shows the old poultry farm with the Castle in the distance. // #hearstranch #sansimeon #hearstcastle #juliamorgan #castateparks #takeatour #centralcoast #california #ranchlife
- Artist, photographer and set designer Cecil Beaton visited San Simeon in the 1930s. In his memoirs he recalled, "The sun poured down with a theatrical brilliance on tons of white marble and white stone. There seemed to be a thousand marble statues, pedestals and urns. The flowers were unreal in their ordered profusion. Hearst stood smiling at the top of one of the many flights of garden steps." // #sansimeon #castateparks #cecilbeaton #juliamorgan #wrhearst #hearstcastle #fountains
- Artist, photographer and set designer Cecil Beaton visited San Simeon in the 1930s. In his memoirs he recalled, "The sun poured down with a theatrical brilliance on tons of white marble and white stone. There seemed to be a thousand marble statues, pedestals and urns. The flowers were unreal in their ordered profusion. Hearst stood smiling at the top of one of the many flights of garden steps." // #sansimeon #castateparks #cecilbeaton #juliamorgan #wrhearst #hearstcastle #fountains
- Artist, photographer and set designer Cecil Beaton visited San Simeon in the 1930s. In his memoirs he recalled, "The sun poured down with a theatrical brilliance on tons of white marble and white stone. There seemed to be a thousand marble statues, pedestals and urns. The flowers were unreal in their ordered profusion. Hearst stood smiling at the top of one of the many flights of garden steps." // #sansimeon #castateparks #cecilbeaton #juliamorgan #wrhearst #hearstcastle #fountains
- Following a successful test-fill phase the Neptune Pool crew is now focusing on prepping the pool for the marble tile. If you look closely you can see the faint grid lines on the concrete to help guide the crew in installing the tile. On the nearby West Terrace is the staging area where large panels of tile are being laid out in preparation for eventual placement in the pool. Completion of the project is now estimated to be early 2018. // #hearstcastle #neptunepool #tilesetting #castateparks #sansimeon #vermontmarble #juliamorgan #theranchatsansimeon
- Following a successful test-fill phase the Neptune Pool crew is now focusing on prepping the pool for the marble tile. If you look closely you can see the faint grid lines on the concrete to help guide the crew in installing the tile. On the nearby West Terrace is the staging area where large panels of tile are being laid out in preparation for eventual placement in the pool. Completion of the project is now estimated to be early 2018. // #hearstcastle #neptunepool #tilesetting #castateparks #sansimeon #vermontmarble #juliamorgan #theranchatsansimeon
- Following a successful test-fill phase the Neptune Pool crew is now focusing on prepping the pool for the marble tile. If you look closely you can see the faint grid lines on the concrete to help guide the crew in installing the tile. On the nearby West Terrace is the staging area where large panels of tile are being laid out in preparation for eventual placement in the pool. Completion of the project is now estimated to be early 2018. // #hearstcastle #neptunepool #tilesetting #castateparks #sansimeon #vermontmarble #juliamorgan #theranchatsansimeon
- The North Wing of the Casa Grande was completed in the later years of construction (1930s and 40s). During this time WR's design ideas differed quite a bit from those implemented in the early 20s. Terracotta floors and white walls (as opposed to marble or travertine floors, and walls covered in textiles) can be found all throughout the wing which gives it a much more modern and airy look than that of the rooms in the central portion of the main house. // #hearstcastle #sansimeon #northwing #casagrande #terracotta #guestroom #wrhearst #juliamorgan #castateparks
- The North Wing of the Casa Grande was completed in the later years of construction (1930s and 40s). During this time WR's design ideas differed quite a bit from those implemented in the early 20s. Terracotta floors and white walls (as opposed to marble or travertine floors, and walls covered in textiles) can be found all throughout the wing which gives it a much more modern and airy look than that of the rooms in the central portion of the main house. // #hearstcastle #sansimeon #northwing #casagrande #terracotta #guestroom #wrhearst #juliamorgan #castateparks
- The North Wing of the Casa Grande was completed in the later years of construction (1930s and 40s). During this time WR's design ideas differed quite a bit from those implemented in the early 20s. Terracotta floors and white walls (as opposed to marble or travertine floors, and walls covered in textiles) can be found all throughout the wing which gives it a much more modern and airy look than that of the rooms in the central portion of the main house. // #hearstcastle #sansimeon #northwing #casagrande #terracotta #guestroom #wrhearst #juliamorgan #castateparks

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