Randolph Hearst Castle

Born on April 29, 1863, in San Francisco, California, William Randolph Hearst grew up to become an American Businessman and politician.  He became a renowned publisher and built the nation’s largest newspaper chain and media empire, Hearst Communications.  He was flamboyant and used ‘Yellow Journalism’ to influence the popular media as he emphasized on sensational and stories that bore human interest.

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He got started with publishing in 1887 after he was given control of The San Francisco Examiner by his father. When he moved to New York, he acquired The New York Journal and had bitter disagreements with New York World owned by Joseph Pulitzer. This was because New York World sold papers with lurid stories featuring corruption, crime and graphic innuendo.

Over time he acquired more newspapers and created a chain that had almost thirty papers in major cities at that time. He later diversified into magazines and created the largest newspaper and magazine business globally.

With the great wealth he amassed, Hearst built a castle for his legacy. Hearst Castle was designed by Julia Morgan, a famous architect who also designed his Northern California home called Wyntoon. The construction of Hearst Castle began on a ranch at San Simeon, California, in 1919, but was never completed. The castle sat on 240,000 acres and was furnished with antiques and arts from all over the world. Greek vases, Oriental carpets, and Renaissance vestments adorned his home. He bought entire rooms from the great houses of Europe and breed Arabian horses. William Randolph Hearst died in August 14, 1951, at the age of 88 in Beverly Hills.

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The Neptune Pool in Hearst Castle is a sight to behold.  The construction of the pool began in 1924 and ended in 1936.  Three castle swimming pools were built at Hearst Castle, each larger than its predecessor. The initial plans for the site were a Temple Garden with a temple structure and ornamental pool. In 1924 he wrote to Julia Morgan and sent back the plans for the temple garden. He wanted to make the pool longer than it was. Between 1926 and 1927 a second version of the pool was built and it was a substantial enlargement. It had a cascade of concrete steps which had a flow of water on the Southern side.  At the top of the cascade stood two sculptures of Neptune and two of Nereids.

The current version of the swimming pool was constructed between 1934 and 1936. The measurements are (104 X 58 X 95 ft.).  To the west end, it has a depth of 3.5 ft. and 10 ft. at the drains. The pool also has an oil-burning heating system, four Italian relief sculptures on the colonnades and Vermont marble lining the alcove, gutters, and basin.

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The Roman swimming pool in Hearst Castle is an indoor swimming pool that has decors of the eight statues of Roman heroes, goddesses, and gods.  It appears to follow the ancient Roman bath style and the water as heated as in a tepidarium. This pool complex also includes sweat baths, an exercise room, dressing rooms and a handball court.

The castle swimming pools are a wonder to behold! Talk to our experts for more information about custom pools.

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