One in a series of pictures taken on a visit to Hearst Castle during a trip to California in March 1994 to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. All were taken on slide film and have recently been digitised and cleaned up in Photoshop,
Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. In 1957, the Hearst Corporation donated the property to the state of California. Since that time it has been maintained as a state historic park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts about one million visitors per year.
Hearst formally named the estate "La Cuesta Encantada" ("The Enchanted Hill"), but usually called it "the ranch". The castle and grounds are also sometimes referred to as "San Simeon" without distinguishing between the Hearst property and the adjacent unincorporated area of the same name.
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.”
After approximately one month of discussion, Hearst's original idea for a modest dwelling swelled to grand proportions. Discussion for the exterior style switched from an initial suggestion of Japanese and Korean themes to the Spanish Revival that was gaining popularity and which Morgan had helped to initiate with her work on the Los Angeles Herald Examiner headquarters in 1915. Hearst was fond of Spanish Revival, but dissatisfied with the crudeness of the colonial structures in California. Mexican colonial architecture had more sophistication but he objected to its profusion of ornamentation. Turning to the Iberian Peninsula for inspiration, he found Renaissance and Baroque examples in southern Spain more to his tastes. Hearst particularly admired a church in Ronda and asked Morgan to pattern the Main Building towers after it. The Panama-California Exposition of 1915 in San Diego held the closest approaches in California to the look Hearst desired. He decided to substitute a stucco exterior in place of masonry in deference to Californian traditions.
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.
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jurek1951 (40949) 2012-02-03 1:13
Very interesting perspective and lovely colours.The composition is good, and the light is nice.
Fis2 (81530) 2012-02-03 1:55
A charming place.
Good vertical frame.
I like light.
Have a nice day
timecapturer (44469) 2012-02-03 3:12
a shot that just makes you want to climb the steps and see what is beyond. Effective and a simple composition taken in a beautiful light. A beautifully colourful and appealing image.
Warm regards and have a pleasant weekend - Brian.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-02-03 3:18
an another attractive photo of this interesting place I like the composition and the nice details, charming view, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-02-03 3:27
Stairways to the castle. A nice presentation with beautiful atmosphere. The lamp and the flowers are the eye catchers. The image is very sharp with beautiful colors and light management.
serp2000 (37517) 2012-02-03 4:29
Very nice shot. Simple presentation of so comfortable corner for a queit daily life. An interesting note too.
Have a good weekend!
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-02-03 7:48
La photo est romantique et douce avec ces lignes courbes et les fleurs. L'exposition n'était pas très facile. La lumière, les couleurs, la netteté sont excellentes. Bravo.
Royaldevon (25898) 2012-02-03 10:35
Your fine pov means that 'the only way is up' is quite irresistible! We also have our way indicated by a wonderful globe lantern!
The steps are sharp and made interesting by their dappled light and their gentle curves. A really well composed shot.
Have a good w/e,
dkmurphys (45859) 2012-02-03 12:51
Beautiful stairs into that picturesque charming place. Attractive elements, well seen.
Have a good night.
jhm (134498) 2012-02-07 3:54
I love these romantique place, almost a postcard for Valentine.
Nice cityscape picture, taken with a very high sharpness and clarity.
A splendid perspective and depth picture with these stair as subject.
Excellent captured and composed, very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ChrisJ (94426) 2012-02-10 3:27
Hope you're okay. It's been a while since you've been active on TE. I like the upward pov & curve of the stone stairs here. Good sharpness & well composed. The repetition of the red flowers top right adds a welcome splash of extra color. Tfs!
RhodieIke (11512) 2012-02-11 0:48
Hi Stephen, Firstly sorry to here of your recent fall, I have a had a few near misses my self this week the paths and roads are ice rings, -12 here today, anyway onwards and upwards, hope you are on the mend soon, miss your lovely comments on TE.Love your Pov on this one with the winding stairs adding mystery.Fantastic light and colours, Well done, hope to hear from you soon, Kind Regards Iain.
Charo (51208) 2012-02-11 13:26
Il paraît que c'était un voyage de noces belle anniversaire. Cette échelle si bien décoré, est très romantique.
Excellente lumière et la définition. Les couleurs et les détails sont également très bons.
Cricri (100367) 2012-02-12 1:31
J'aime le coté romantique de l'image, le lampadaire et l'arbre aux fleurs rouges, la courbe de l'escalier, le jeu ombre et de lumière, belle présentation
COSTANTINO (50693) 2012-02-12 1:34
simple but nice composition
the eyes follow the steps and wonder
what is behind
lights and shadows play together
beautifully colorful and appealing
thanks for sharing it with us
John_F_Kennedy (41980) 2012-04-11 2:55
Very nice composition and POV, good sharpness of this stairway.
jusninasirun (17156) 2012-05-15 18:58
I like your choice of tall frame in getting this angle for a beautiful picture. Good details with the street lamp and flowers in the foreground.
Thanks and have a nice day.
ikeharel (51495) 2012-07-23 8:47
Good evening Stephen, Nice to see you are back reviewing my pictures - you have lot's to catch...
This picture composed nicely, colors and house adornments, like the steps and lamp-post.
All in good taste and texture, fine light managed.
Hope you keep comming on.
amaryllis (33426) 2012-07-23 13:57
une belle lumière et un beau cadrage de cet escalier qui tourne légèrement avec des marches longues
une belle invitation à prendre ce chemin
Graal (95079) 2012-07-24 23:59
beautiful peaceful place here. Nice details and construction of stairs. Well composed image. I like it.
Have a nice day.
jadesgran (4880) 2012-07-25 20:48
I Like this picture very much.The fluent curve of the marble steps leading my eye up to the beautiful red flowers at the top of the scene make this a winner for me.
Pleased to have you back.
delpeoples (52301) 2012-07-26 2:50
Salut cher Stephen
So glad to see you back posting and I hope your health is in top form. Whilst you were away, no doubt you celebrated your wedding anniversary, so a belated congratulations to you and your lovely wife. Excellent vertical frame, beautiful natural framing with the flowers and the lamp and of course the staircase provides a perfect guide for the eye directly into the image. A photo that seems symbolic to me, one has stood the test of time, just like your marriage.