The Castles of William Randolph Hearst: America’s Publishing King

29th April 2021 — Online Event

Join Mark at the New York Adventure Club and through the places Hearst called ‘home’ explore the life and legend of America’s first Media-Mogul – the man who Orson Welles famously satirized as Citizen Kane and who went head-to-head with Joseph Pulitzer for supremacy of the press, changing the face of journalism forever:

William Randolph Hearst had an obsession: In 1935, Forbes Magazine called him, “quantitively the world’s number one collector of Objets d’Art” and when he died The New York Times stated that during the 1920s and 30s, he alone had accounted for 25% of the world’s art market activity. But to where was this king’s ransom headed, and hoarded? Some of you will already know of Hearst Castle at San Simeon, but among many others we’ll also explore the stories behind:

  • His Manhattan home, the largest apartment in the history of New York City: a 5-story Gothic castle hidden within an apartment block.
  • His fantastical “between-seasons home” on Long Island that inspired the fairy-tale castle in The Wizard of Oz.
  • His 14th Century, 70-room castle in the UK, complete with its own ghosts, portcullis, and moat.
  • The Bavarian Village he created with Willy Pogany around his mother’s 7-story castle within the forests of Northern California.
  • The 110-room beach house at Santa Monica that he built for his mistress and was dubbed “the Versailles of Hollywood”.

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