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Location:San Simeon, CA
Architect:Julia Morgan, AIA
Year Built:1947
Fact:The Neptune Pool holds 345,000 gallons of water.

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Hearst Residence
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Hearst Residence

San Francisco architect Julia Morgan designed the Mediterranean Revival “Hearst Castle” for publisher William Randolph Hearst on 40,000 acres of ranchland he inherited from his father. Morgan, the first woman accepted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, worked on the project for nearly 28 years and supervised every aspect of its design and construction, including the animal pens and shelters.


It’s an intersection of the Beaux Arts tradition and training that Julia Morgan received and her complete dedication to a project, a site and the ego of a client. And a very unique piece of real estate overlooking the coast.

Bruce Race, FAIA

It’s a successful example of the architect asking questions and being able to contribute and massage and work with the client in a way so that the thing would come together so that there wasn’t a hodgepodge. And if there were ever an opportunity for a hodgepodge this certainly would be it.

Dan Williams, FAIA

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