Hearst Castle

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Hearst Castle

Unread post by drednm » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:32 pm

Off topic but ....

After spending an entire morning on the phone with Amazon and CreateSpace, I finally got the right information on how to sell my book to a "re-seller" at a discounted or wholesale price. Amazon was a total wash although they are fine for retail sales. It turns out that CreateSpace no longer has a retail store BUT they still sell author copies at discount and also sell directly to certain "re-sellers" (bookstores, museums, etc.) and libraries at discounted prices. I had to add a few selling "channels" to my account to include these kinds of sales.

Anyway, this all came about because I was contacted by someone at Hearst Castle who was interested in the book. I was able to pass on this info and it looks like they took a nibble (maybe a bite will follow). I was contacted about a month ago by William Hearst III who was interested in some Marion Davies titles I had Kickstarted. I wonder if there's a connection. Hearst Castle is no longer owned by the Hearsts but they might still be involved.
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Re: Hearst Castle

Unread post by Jim Roots » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:42 am

Does the physical castle at San Simeon still exist? If so, as what -- a tourist trap, or does anyone still actually live in it?

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Unread post by Donald Binks » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:46 am

Jim Roots wrote:Does the physical castle at San Simeon still exist? If so, as what -- a tourist trap, or does anyone still actually live in it?

Jim
I went there in 2003. It is owned by the State of California as a sort of "National Trust" property. It's in the middle of no-where really, but well worth a look at - if only for all the excesses and kitsch.
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Unread post by drednm » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:06 am

Donald Binks wrote:
Jim Roots wrote:Does the physical castle at San Simeon still exist? If so, as what -- a tourist trap, or does anyone still actually live in it?

Jim
I went there in 2003. It is owned by the State of California as a sort of "National Trust" property. It's in the middle of no-where really, but well worth a look at - if only for all the excesses and kitsch.
San Simeon is pretty much intact as far as I know and houses many of Hearst's treasures (some in vast storage vaults). Yes it's sort of a tourist trap (it has a gift shoppe, etc.) but is a must-see for anyone interested in silent films (my opinion) because of the ghosts that walks those halls. Even Garbo stayed there in those halcyon days. I'm very pleased to think my Davies book might be on sale there.

The Hearsts donated San Simeon to the State of California in 1958 (one condition of the Hearst Corporation's donation of the estate was that the Hearst family would be allowed to use it when they wished). The Hearst family still owns and uses Wyntoon in northern California. When mailed a package to William, the address was Pacific Avenue in San Francisco. Whether that's a residence or office I don't know.

Anyway, I was there in the early 1990s (in this life anyway).....
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Unread post by westegg » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:22 am

On my bucket list for time travel.

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Unread post by drednm » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:24 am

westegg wrote:On my bucket list for time travel.
They give private tours but I cannot imagine what the price would be.
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Unread post by missdupont » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:15 am

Here's the link to their website, explaining their tours. Two times a year they have special evening tours: in the spring and in a couple of weeks around Christmas when it's decorated for the holidays. Members of the Art Deco Society are dressed in period costume and stationed throughout rooms to show what life would have been like in past years. About 15 years ago when I took the spring night tour, people were in 1920s-1930s period costume having drinks around the pool, around the pool table inside, and at one end of the grand dining room.
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Unread post by Jim Roots » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:54 am

Sounds wonderful! Thanks, all!

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Unread post by Frederica » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:56 pm

Jim Roots wrote:Sounds wonderful! Thanks, all!

Jim
The house is still surrounded by the Hearst Ranch, which is now run by Stephen Hearst. It specializes in free-range beef--it's expensive but it's also excellent. When you visit the house you will sometimes see both the cattle and the remnants of Hearst's menagerie (zebras!). Although quite a bit of the land has been sold over the years the Hearsts still own 80,000 acres on the California coast; at one time the ranch was slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island. It is also one of the few areas of California coastline that has not been developed, and I hope it stays that way. They are now developing a wine presence, although I don't know if they are growing grapes. Whatever, they sell a smokin' great Malbec. The ranch buildings were designed by Julia Morgan, who also designed the house.
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Huell Howser (RIP) visited the ranch about 10 years ago and spoke to Stephen Hearst, you can watch it here.
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Unread post by greta de groat » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:10 pm

And if you've ever seen Spartacus, you'll recognize the outdoor pool. I never fail to get a kick out of seeing that.

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Unread post by linquist » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:24 pm

Congratulations and good luck!

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Unread post by Gary Newman » Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:00 pm

The thing that made the biggest impression on me at San Simeon were the medieval music manuscripts that WRH had turned into lampshades…

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Unread post by Changsham » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:16 pm

I visited San Simeon in the early nineties and loved it so much that I visited again in 2001. It is a major highlight on the scenic road trip midway along the coast from LA to SF. A truly wonderful piece of genuine 1920’s over the top oppulence and kitsch set in fantastic countryside with lots of wildlife. I never fancied Hearst’s business methods and politics but can appreciate what he created there. I particularly liked the guest cottages surrounding the main building. I would love to live in one of them and to visit again. To a film and history buff it is not overhyped or overrated.

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Unread post by Phototone » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:30 pm

I have visited multiple times, but not in 30 years. As a tourist, we were told that the Hearst family had one of the bungalows surrounding the castle reserved for their use when they came. There are several. One was open for tours, and I think it was permanently open for tours.

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