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.
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.