Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California

Survey and Structural Stabilization of Historic Ceiling Assemblies

Hearst Castle is the culmination of a 28-year collaboration, from 1919 to 1947, between Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst.  The Mediterranean inspired compound includes 165 rooms with Spanish ceilings and other architectural fragments from the 14th and 16th centuries.  Ceilings are cast plaster and carved wood assemblies suspended from the roof and floor structures above. Concern exists regarding the structural stability of these treasured architectural elements.

National Register of Historic Places
Hearst San Simeon Estate 

(added 1972 - Building - #72000253)

 

California Department of Parks and Recreation Office of Historic Preservation: HEARST SAN SIMEON STATE HISTORICAL MONUMENT
Registration Date: 4/28/1958

W | A Associates was retained to provide consulting services to survey and assess these ceiling assemblies, including: materials, connectors and structural stability with respect to vertical and lateral loads. The study also provided recommendations for improvements and stabilization as part of the preservation program for the historical ceilings.