Inside Hearst Castle
Front of Casa Grande - A look up at the two towers from the front of Casa Grande.
Library - This is Hearst's pride and joy. "Guests were welcome to browse through the 4000 books. This imposing architectural space also showcases one of Mr. Hearst's most treasured collections: 150 ancient Greek vases, all more than 2000 years old. These fragile clay vessels are displayed throughout the room and provide fascinating glimpses of daily life in ancient Greece. At 80 ft in length and filled with precious objects, the library is truly a place to get lost in."
Doge Suite - This is the Doge's Suite in Casa Grande, featuring an 18th century Italian ceiling, and a 17th century Italian bed. "Inspired by the ornate chambers of the Doge's Palace in Venice, this richly decorated suite of two bedrooms and a private sitting room was assigned to Mr. Hearst's special guests," according to the Web site. "They were literally surrounded by museum-quality art, including beautifully painted antique ceilings overhead."
Assembly hall shorter view - The walls of the Assembly Room are lined with walnut paneling, some original and some replicas as well as "vivid tapestries, all dating back to the 16th century," the Web site explains. "Neoclassical marble statues brighten the corners and fine bronze sculptures sit atop the large tables in this room of the property. But the jigsaw puzzles, poker table, and comfy overstuffed chairs show that the Assembly Room was also a place for socializing and fun."
Wine cellar - Hearst Castle features a 10,000-bottle capacity wine cellar that to this day still holds many full bottles. Hearst himself was not fond of overdoing alcohol, and it was said that, at Hearst Castle, "drinks were served, not drunks." However, his mistress, Marion Davies, was known to abuse booze, and it is assumed that much of what was stored in the wine cellar was for her use and that of her friends.
South Celestial Bedroom - Located in the south tower of the mansion's main building, this is the South Celestial Bedroom, a stunning room with three balconies looking out over world-class views of California's Central Coast, the Pacific Ocean, and the thousands of acres of the Hearst estate.
Into the water - "The Roman Pool is decorated from ceiling to floor with one-inch square mosaic tiles," according to the Web site. "These glass tiles, called smalti, are either colored or are clear with fused gold inside. The intense colors and shimmering gold of the tiles combine to create a breathtaking effect. The designs created by the tiles were developed by muralist Camille Solon. The inspiration for some of these designs came from the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia."
Side room - Constructed from 1927 to 1934, the Roman Pool complex is best compared to an ancient Roman bath. Located indoors, its water "was heated as in a tepidarium," explains the Web site. "However, in Hearst's complex there were no hot or cold baths as there were in the ancient complex. The Roman Pool complex was designed to contain an exercise room, sweat baths, a handball court and dressing rooms."