Category:Hearst family residences
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Beacon Towers was a Gilded Age mansion on Sands Point in the village of Sands Point on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. It was built from 1917 to 1918 for Alva Belmont, the ex-wife of William Kissam Vanderbilt, the mansion was designed by Hunt & Hunt, the partnership of Richard Morris Hunts sons Richard and Joseph. It was the last Long Island house designed by the firm, the interior contained about 60 primary rooms and upwards of 140 in total. The entire structure was coated in smooth, gleaming white stucco, in February 1924, Belmont purchased the adjoining Sands Point Light property at auction for $100,000 to add more privacy to her estate. Three years later, the estate was sold to William Randolph Hearst, Hearst sold it in 1942 and it was demolished in 1945. A new development was built on the site, but scattered structural remains. Literary scholars believe the mansion helped inspire F, beacon Towers reportedly inspired the design of Gatsbys mansion in Baz Luhrmanns 2013 film adaptation of the novel
Rancho Piedra Blanca was a large,48, 806-acre Mexican land grant in present-day San Luis Obispo County, California given in 1840 by Governor Juan Alvarado to José de Jesús Pico. The name means white rock and refers to rocks painted white by its bird population, the grant extended south along the Pacific Coast below Big Sur from Ragged Point to Pico Creek, where it adjoins Rancho San Simeon. The land grant includes the original townsite and post office for San Simeon, the Hearst Ranch headquarters, José de Jesús Pico, son of Jose Dolores Pico and Isabel Cota, was born in Monterey. His brother, Antonio Maria Pico, was the grantee of Rancho Pescadero, another brother was the bandit Salomon Pico. José de Jesús Pico was a soldier, and married Francisca Zaviera Trinidad Antonia Gabriela Villavicencio in 1832, originally part of the Mission San Miguel coastal grazing land, the eleven square league Rancho Piedra Blanca was granted to Pico in 1840. In 1841 Pico was appointed administrator of Mission San Miguel, with the cession of California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored.
As required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim for Rancho Piedra Blanca was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852, Pico sold parts of the rancho to Mariano Pacheco, Juan Castro, Peter Gillis and others. In 1865, George Hearst, a miner during the California Gold Rush era and a US Senator. By 1865,17,000 acres of the rancho had already been sold, Hearst continued to buy lots whenever they became available. He bought most of Rancho San Simeon, and part of Rancho Santa Rosa, Piedras Blancas Light Station Sebastian Store, San Simeon, established 1852. Hearst Castle Ranchos of California List of Ranchos of California Piedras Blancas Motel, now closed
The lodge building, designed by architect Julia Morgan and expanded upon an earlier wooden structure known as the Milpitas Ranch House which was destroyed by fire in the 1920s. The lodge includes a restaurant, a lounge, a cantina, public rooms, guest rooms, a swimming pool. Hearst sold the structure and its property to the United States Army in 1940 for use as a training facility. The land and buildings were established by the Army as Fort Hunter Liggett, the Army owns the building and a concessionaire operates it as a public hotel within the military base. The fertile valley surrounding The Hacienda was documented by Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolà in 1769, based on his recommendation, Father Junípero Serra established Mission San Antonio de Padua in the valley in 1771, and it thrived. Of all the California missions, San Antonio de Padua converted the highest number of Native Americans, in the 1830s, the mission was secularized and its holdings were divided into at least ten land grants given to soldiers and civilians supportive of Mexican government.
English-speaking settlers began arriving in significant numbers in 1849 with the discovery of gold in California, nearby Jolon was established as a gold mining town on an old Salinan village site in 1860, astride El Camino Real, the old road connecting all the Spanish missions in California. At the beginning of the 20th century, gold mining had petered out, over the next two decades, he amassed land holdings covering the entirety of four of the ten Mexican land grants and most of Jolon. On top of the old Rancho Milpitas main ranch house site, at the edge of a small bluff less than a mile from and overlooking the old mission, construction on the Mission Revival-styled building complex began in 1929, using poured concrete instead of adobe. A smoothly domed north tower was built in Moorish Revival style above the living quarters. Original plans for the building were for it to housing for 20 employees. A proposed southern wing for Hearsts private quarters was never completed, materials were carried from Santa Cruz in a Fageol truck.
The building was not originally supplied with electricity, wires for a single telephone line were run from Hearst Castle 30 miles away. Hearsts guests could drive in, fly in and land at an adjacent landing strip, guests included Spencer Tracy, Dick Powell, Will Rogers, Clark Gable, Herbert Hoover, Jean Harlow, Leslie Howard and Errol Flynn. Hearsts paramour, Marion Davies, stayed in one of the four tower suites when she visited, californio-style fiestas were thrown in the guests honor, complete with mariachis playing from the dining room balcony. Other observers have described the building as Hearsts hunting lodge, on December 12,1940, Hearst sold 158,000 acres, including the old Milpitas Ranch, to the United States government. Neighboring landowners sold another 108,950 acres to form a 266, the US Army used The Hacienda as housing for the base commander, for visiting officers and for the officers club. In 1957, a serviceman named Bill Runyan painted heroic murals depicting Spanish settlement of the area on selected interior walls of The Hacienda, Runyan started the large murals when he was a soldier at the fort but stayed on as a civil service carpenter to complete the task
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
St Donats Castle is a medieval castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, overlooking the Bristol Channel in the village of St Donats near Llantwit Major, and about 25 km west of Cardiff. Since 1962 the castle has housed a secondary school called Atlantic College. The castle lies on an elevation to the east of a valley opening to the sea between precipitous sea cliffs to both east and west. An inner court about 40 m across within an inner curtain wall is closely surrounded by an outer court. The curtain walls date from c,1300, having been built by the founder of the Stradling family. The outer wall survives and has a small original tower entirely contained with it on the north. The inner court is entered by an arch on the east side beside the rectangular Mansell Tower, the northwestern range is of the early 16th century, the northeastern range is of the late 15th century, the late 15th-century great hall is on the south side of the court. The western range has largely replaced by a much larger. Its ground floor is a modern dining hall with a very fine 15th-century roof, probably Flemish in origin.
The Lady Anne Tower on the corner of the castle has been rebuilt many times. The earliest surviving parts of the castle were built in the late 12th century by the de Hawey family, ownership passed to the Stradling family in 1298 through the marriage of Sir Peter Stradling to Joan de Hawey. The Stradling family owned St Donats Castle until the death of Sir Thomas Stradling in 1738, archbishop James Ussher resided there for a time during the Civil War. Thereafter, the fell into a state of disrepair. Partial restoration was started by Dr John Whitlock Nicholl Carne, who claimed to be descended from the Stradlings, morgan Williams, the owner from 1901 to 1909, carried out extensive and careful restoration. Godfrey Williams, Morgans son, sold the castle to Richard Pennoyer, after seeing photographs of the castle in Country Life magazine, the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst bought it in 1925. Hearst spent a fortune renovating and revitalising the castle with architectural trophies from across the country, the locals enjoyed having Hearst in residence at the castle, he paid his employees very well, and his arrivals always created a big stir in a community not used to American excesses.
Hearst spent much of his time entertaining influential people on his estate and he was renowned for holding lavish parties at St Donats, guests included Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and a young John F. Kennedy. Upon visiting St Donats, George Bernard Shaw was quoted as saying, hearsts newspaper empire fell on hard times in the 1930s, the castle was put up for sale but requisitioned for use by British and American troops during World War II
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