Hearst Castle History

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A Museum Unlike Any Other

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Hearst Castle History on The Enchanted Hill

William Randolph Hearst began construction of an opulent hilltop estate on his ranch land overlooking the village of San Simeon in 1919. Built over 28 years, Hearst Castle is an impressive convergence of historic design styles that the publishing magnate admired during his travels around Europe. He was a lavish buyer and collector, and the Castle’s furnishings, artworks and antiques currently on display rival any museum around the world. During its 1920s and 1930s heyday, Hollywood film stars and politicians were frequent visitors. Celebrities like Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, the Marx Brothers, and dignitaries like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were no strangers to Hearst Castle.

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