Shea’s Castle, known as Sky Castle and Castle Ranch, is a private castle built in 1924 by the developer Richard Peter Shea. Shea, a New Yorker, moved to the dry climate of Southern California in hopes of improving the health of his wife, Shea made his fortune developing Hancock Park in Los Angeles. He spent two years building the castle on about 1,500 acres of land in the Antelope Valley, just west of Lancaster, the cost of building the castle was $175,000. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 bankrupted Shea, the bank took over the castle and Shea died penniless. A variety of owners and renters have occupied the castle since, roy Rogers trained his horse Trigger there. A non-profit flying group added a runway and lake there, the millionaire playboy Tommy Stewart Lee purchased the house in 1948. The castle has seen its share of development plans as well, there are petroglyphs on the property, as well as natural springs. It has been a location for 1967s Blood of Draculas Castle, 2008s Alive or Dead, and TV shows such as Air Wolf, Bat Masterson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry O, The Rat Patrol and it is currently a private residence.
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Wyntoon is the name of a private estate in rural Siskiyou County, owned by the Hearst Corporation. Architects Willis Polk, Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan all designed structures for Wyntoon, the land, sited at two sharp bends in the McCloud River, was named by financial adviser Edward Clark for the local Native American tribe of the Wintun people. Prominent structures, noted for their architecture, have built on the land, some lost to fire, while other multimillion-dollar buildings were planned. Famous visitors to Wyntoon include Clark Gable, Charles Lindbergh, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. the earliest known inhabitants of the area of Wyntoon were the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Native Americans, a subgroup of the Wintun people. In the 1880s, guide and trapper Justin Hinckley Sisson came to the area and established a hotel, restaurant and he advocated for a railroad line to be extended northward from Redding to his location, and was successful. Construction of the Central Pacific Railroad through the Siskiyou Trail began in the mid-1880s, the railroad was completed in 1887 and brought miners, fishermen, loggers and tourists.
With his wife, the former Miss Lydia Field, Sisson operated the inn, with profits from his successful business, Sisson acquired large parcels of land including the tract which would become Wyntoon. He established the town of Sisson surrounding his inn, and he built a fishing resort a half-days ride away on the McCloud River, popular with hunters and fishermen, it became known as Sissons-on-the-McCloud. In 1924 the town of Sisson was renamed Mount Shasta, California, in 1899, Sissons widow sold the McCloud River fishing resort site to Charles Stetson Wheeler, a wealthy attorney from San Francisco. This parcel lay in the Cascade Range of mountains, south by southeast of Mount Shasta, Wheeler called this holding the Wheeler Ranch, and he built a hunting lodge on the river at Horseshoe Bend—its cornerstone was laid in 1899. Wheeler directed Polk to give the lodge a fish tower—a high study with a view, a Latin inscription over the entrance indicated this room was a temple to fishing, piscatoribus sacrum.
Polks design was pictured in July 1899 in The American Architect, sir Banister Fletcher included the building in a list of Shingle Style architecture. The dining room enjoyed a view of the river. The porch opened to the river in a flight of steps leading down to an octagonal gazebo pierced and supported by a large tree. Massive fireplaces and heavy timbers gave the impression of a medieval estate interior, Polks use of stone and wood on the exterior achieved a sense of compatibility with the land, celebrating the settings primal beauty. The Wheeler family stayed at the many a summer. In 1900, Wheeler invited his client Phoebe Hearst to visit Wheeler Ranch with his family for the summer, Hearst asked if she could purchase the land, but Wheeler declined. Hearst applied the name Wyntoon to the combination of Clarks former holdings and her new lease, Wheeler was displeased with the extravagant plans, as he and Hearst had previously agreed her building would be modest
Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan, between 1919 and 1947, as a residence for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951, in 1954 it became a California State Park. The site was opened to visitors in 1958, since that time it has been operated as the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts millions of travelers each year, Hearst formally named the estate La Cuesta Encantada, but usually called it the ranch. Hearst Castle and grounds are sometimes referred to as San Simeon without distinguishing between the Hearst property and the adjacent unincorporated area of the same name. Invitations to Hearst Castle were highly coveted during its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, the Hollywood and political elite often visited, usually flying into the estates airfield or taking a private Hearst-owned train car from Los Angeles.
While guests were expected to attend the formal dinners each evening, since the Ranch had so many facilities, guests were rarely at a loss for things to do. The estates theater usually screened films from Hearsts own movie studio, Hearst Castle was the inspiration for the Xanadu mansion of the 1941 Orson Welles film Citizen Kane, a fictionalization of William Randolph Hearsts career. Hearst Castle was not used as a location for the film, commercial filming is rare at Hearst Castle and most requests are turned down. U. Y. One condition of the Hearst Corporations donation of the estate was that the Hearst family would be allowed to use it when they wished. Patty Hearst, a granddaughter of William Randolph, related that as a child, the house is screened from tourist routes by a dense grove of eucalyptus to provide maximum privacy for the guests. In 2001, Patty Hearst hosted a Travel Channel show on the estate, Hearst Castle joined the National Register of Historic Places on June 22,1972 and became a United States National Historic Landmark on May 11,1976.
Hearst Castle was included as one of Americas 10 Amazing Castles by Forbes Travel. com, the estate itself is five miles inland atop a hill of the Santa Lucia Range at an altitude of 1,600 feet. The region is sparsely populated because the Santa Lucia Range abuts the Pacific Ocean, the surrounding countryside visible from the mansion remains largely undeveloped. Its entrance is approximately five miles north of Hearst San Simeon State Park, Hearst Castle was built on Rancho Piedra Blanca that William Randolph Hearsts father, George Hearst, originally purchased in 1865. The younger Hearst grew fond of this site over many childhood family camping trips and he inherited the ranch, which had grown to 250,000 acres and 14 miles of coastline, from his mother Phoebe Hearst in 1919. The Hearst Castle area has a mediterranean climate that is moderated by its relative proximity to the Pacific coastline. Hearst first approached American architect Julia Morgan with ideas for a new project in April 1915, I get tired of going up there and camping in tents
Rubel Castle, officially Rubel Pharms and Castle, was established in Glendora, California, by Michael Clarke Rubel, and is currently owned and operated by the Glendora Historical Society. It has been called a San Gabriel Valley version of Watts Towers. ”Rubel purchased a 2½ acre citrus orchard on which the structure resides in 1959 and he and his friends completed construction in 1986. Rubelia is considered the first major recycling project in the United States, Rubel Castle was constructed partly out of concrete but out of scrap steel, bedsprings, coat hangers and other re-purposed materials that Rubel found. In 1959, Rubel bargained for the defunct Albourne Rancho property and took up residence in the citrus packing house. In the 1960s, Rubel’s mother, one-time Greenwich Village Follies dancer Dorothy Deuel Rubel, at 200 feet long it was the perfect venue for her favorite hobby, parties. Inside, surrounded by art and antique furniture remaining from Rubel ancestors, they mingled in the oil and orange blossom atmosphere.
Fellow castle builder Colonel Jirayr Zorthian was a supporter and friend, though Rubel slept in one of the giant citrus refrigerators, the walls of thick cork were not sufficient sound insulation to allow him peace from his mother’s parties. Beginning in 1968, Rubel began building a small house in the empty old 1,000,000 gallon concrete reservoir, using cement. The walls of the reservoir provided privacy and a barrier while he built the bottle house. The project lasted twenty years, culminating in what is now called the Rubel Castle and he began adding material to an existing metal water tower. With the encouragement of old timers like Odo Stade, and with the help of friends and relations. Rubel and his associates built the structure without architectural plans, utilizing salvaged river rock, steel, telephone poles and wine bottles. Old motorcycles, sand-filled rubber gloves, a camera, a golf club, a restored 1911 Seth Thomas clock works runs the brass bells and clock that crown one of the high towers, which is 74 feet high.
In the middle of the property sit a 1940s-era Santa Fe caboose, as well as old trucks, there is a cemetery with rejected marble tombstones. In addition, “chickens are abundant and love this property as well as frequent animal visitors. ”Over the decades, Rubel Castle has instilled a work ethic in hundreds of young people, Huell Howser interviewed Rubel for Videolog in 1990. Like a true castle, it has hosted royalty including Prince Philip, some other notable guests have been Henry Kissinger, the Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, and Governor George Deukmejian. In March 2005, Rubel donated the Castle to the Glendora Historical Society, many television programs, music videos, and movies have been filmed on castle grounds, including NBCs Heroes and T-mobiles Frankenstein commercial. Rubel Castle was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013, antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect with a similar style, particularly La Sagrada Família in Barcelona
Castello di Amorosa is a castle and a winery located near Calistoga, California. The winery sits on property that was part of an estate owned by Edward Turner Bale. The castle interiors, which include 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground, key details and building techniques are architecturally faithful to the 12th and 13th century time period. The torture chamber has an authentic 300-year-old iron maiden which Sattui states he bought for $13,000 in Pienza, the great hall features frescoes painted by two Italian artists who took about a year and a half to complete and showcases a 500-year-old fireplace. The masonry and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques, building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle.
Due to Napa County restrictions, the castle and grounds cannot be rented for weddings or receptions, in May 2012 the county ordered the winery to cease holding a weekly Catholic Mass in the chapel located on the grounds due to lack of use permits