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SOTW: Hearst Castle

August 03, 2021 12:00 AM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

"I nominate my favorite building, Hearst Castle, as structure of the week.  There are too many reasons to list why, but here are a few: 1) its location, on top of a mountain overlooking the beautiful central coast which posed many interesting construction challenges, 2) the 28-year relationship and collaboration that took place between William Randolph Hearst and Architect Julia Morgan to get it “just right” 3) the fact that Hearst didn’t start the project until he was 56 (!) and Morgan was 47 and 4) the extravagance and persistence of it all, where what was envisioned and seemed impossible became a reality for all of us to enjoy, and be inspired by, for many years to come." -Susan Dowty, ICC & 2021-22 SEAOSC Boardmember


  • August 03, 2021 10:21 AM | Michael Parolini
    Well stated Susan. The relationship, and what Ms. Morgan accomplished with a demanding client as a 'side hustle' is incredible. If you ever get the chance to visit the collection of works at The Kenndey Library at Cal Poly, it's well worth checking out some of their telegrams, notes, and other communications over the decades.
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