Month: December 2012

Hearst Castle – Neptune Pool and the Roman Indoor Pool

Designed by architect Julia Morgan, the Neptune Pool with terrace elements was started in 1924. The Neptune Pool was built and rebuilt three times, each version a larger size. After the 1926 and 1934 redesigns and re-buildings, it was finally deemed completed by William Randolph Hearst in 1936. 

The Neptune Pool is 58 feet (18 m) wide except for the 95 feet (29 m) width at the primary axis fountain—alcove section, and the secondary axis pool length is 104 feet (32 m). The depth varies from 3.5 feet (1.1 m) at the west ‘shallow’ end, to 10 feet (3.0 m) at pools’ main drains. 

The fountains and pool are fed by spring water piped from the Santa Lucia Mountains, and the pool alone holds 345,000 gallons of water.

-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_Pool

 

First off, I hope you all had a great Christmas! Mine was insane! I was all over California seeing friends and family and it all went by way too fast, but it was amazing being able to see everyone during this time of year. 

There are no words to describe these pools, all I’ve come up with is… they are both HUGE! I was amazed with how big and detailed they were. Not too surprised considering everything else about this place is huge and detailed haha! 

The tour guide said that the pool is only used now for the staff and every so often they allow family to come and swim in it as well. I’ve decided I want to work at Hearst Castle hahaha! 

This is my last Hearst Castle post, and I’ll be moving onto some amazing Waterfall shots I took! Super excited about those 😀 I hope you all have a great New Years and I can’t wait to see photos of what those fun days will hold for you 🙂 

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The Roman Pool was really amazing! Like I said, no words lol!

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Decorating Our Christmas Tree

All us kids are old now, 25, 22, and 20, so to get together to decorate the tree can be a lot of fun 🙂 I don’t have many to post, but these made me happy! 

Update:

I’m sorry I haven’t been around to comment or post lately. I got a UPS Store job for a few weeks to help them during the busy season, so I haven’t had a lot of time home, and when I am home I try and spend as much time with my family. William and I are leaving to spend Christmas with his family in a few days so I won’t be able to post many blogs until afterwards. 

My youngest brother putting up his ornaments 🙂

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Ryan setting up the Train 

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He was so excited when it finally worked lol! Love the look on his face 😀

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We had a “National Lampoon Christmas Vacation” moment and put our stuffed animal squirrel in the tree lol 😛

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George says, “Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells… now leave me alone.” HAHA

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Hearst Castle – Sculptures and Carvings

By late summer 1919 Morgan had surveyed the site, analyzed its geology, and drawn initial plans for the Main Building.Construction began in 1919 and continued through 1947 when Hearst stopped living at the estate due to ill health. Morgan persuaded Hearst to begin with the guest cottages because the smaller structures could be completed more quickly. The estate is a pastiche of historic architectural styles that its owner admired in his travels around Europe. Hearst was a prolific buyer who did not so much purchase art and antiques to furnish his home as built his home to get his bulging collection out of warehouses. This led to incongruous elements such as the private cinema whose walls were lined with shelves of rare books. The floor plan of the Main Building is chaotic due to his habit of buying centuries-old ceilings, which dictated the proportions and decor of various rooms.

– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearst_Castle

After going through each picture, I couldn’t believe how many I took! The detail work throughout this whole place just took my breath away. Hearst spent so much time thinking of what exactly he wanted, and his incredible architect, Julia Morgan, was right there with him coming up with ideas just as crazy as his own. Their partnership is very memorable and was talked about greatly during our tour.

 

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Hearst Castle – My Favorite Rooms

Hearst first approached American architect Julia Morgan with ideas for a new project in April 1915, shortly after he took ownership. Hearst’s original idea was to build a bungalow, according to a draftsman who worked in Morgan’s office who recounted Hearst’s words from the initial meeting:

 

“I would like to build something upon the hill at San Simeon. I get tired of going up there and camping in tents. I’m getting a little too old for that. I’d like to get something that would be a little more comfortable.”

– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearst_Castle

So, of course, my favorite rooms in the entire castle are the two rooms that have the books lol! I could imagine the movie stars sitting in there, relaxing while reading a book they found off the shelves. 

 

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They called this room his “Office”… I’d like an office like this lol

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Hearst Castle – The Bedrooms

The estate is a pastiche of historic architectural styles that its owner admired in his travels around Europe. Hearst was a prolific buyer who did not so much purchase art and antiques to furnish his home as built his home to get his bulging collection out of warehouses. This led to incongruous elements such as the private cinema whose walls were lined with shelves of rare books. The floor plan of the Main Building is chaotic due to his habit of buying centuries-old ceilings, which dictated the proportions and decor of various rooms.

Hearst Castle featured 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 127 acres (0.5 km2) of gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield, and the world’s largest private zoo. Zebras and other exotic animals still roam the grounds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearst_Castle

 

The bedrooms were amazing! Hearst owned a studio, among many other things he used his money on, so many of his guest were celebrities. I found this picture on Google images, I was upset to see that Cary Grant wasn’t in the shot! I wasn’t able to find him, but the tour guide mentioned Cary and said he visited the castle more than any of his other guests. The guide said he was there so often that he had stayed in every guest bedroom in the entire castle! I was so incredibly giddy over that! HAHAHA! I grew up watching any old black and white movies and was able to recognize a lot of faces in this photo.  

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Notice Buster Keaton? I loved his pose in this shot the best! HAHA

In the castle we were only allowed to walk on the carpeted areas on the floor, so the photos don’t show off the rooms in the best angles, but you can see how incredible they were 🙂 

 

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Hearst’s Bedroom

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Hearst’s Mistress’ bedroom, she stayed with him for 30 years until the day he died.

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