The Gothic Study at Hearst Castle

Elizabeth Camden Splendid Libraries 1 Comment

Several years ago I was lucky enough to visit Hearst Castle near San Simeon, California. This was where the famous newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst, lived for the last half of his life.

During its heyday in the 1920’s and 30’s it was the gathering place for Hollywood royalty and power-brokers from across the world.

Overall, the castle was a little overdone for my taste, but I loved the library. The warm, comfortable seating and the built-in book shelves make me want to curl up and spend the weekend in there. Much of Hearst Castle was very ornate and overly-gilded for my taste…..but the library was perfect.

*Photos courtesy of Trey Ratcliff and Meg Pi.

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