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Dec282013

Hearst Castle–La Cuesta Encantada

Hearst Castle is one of the jewels of the California State Parks system. The 165-room house of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst was under construction for 28 years from 1919 to 1947.  WR Hearst was in his 80s when he left his estate in 1947 for medical care. He died in 1951. The house and…

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Apr082012

Julia Morgan’s California style Asilomar Lodging

La Cuesta Encantada, or Hearst Castle as it is familiarly known, is the most renowned project by San Francisco-Oakland architect  Julia Morgan (1872-1957). She was one of two women to earn an engineering degree from University of California Berkeley in the 19th century (only two other women earned engineering degrees from 1900-1940). She was the first…

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