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Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 28 November 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Hearst Castle's dining room is where all meals were eaten. Hearst and architect Julia Morgan called this grand room the "Refectory," the term for a monastery dining hall. Its high windows, bright silk banners, and gleaming silver candlesticks convey the atmosphere of a church from the middle ages.

Oddly enough, the table was set "picnic style" with paper napkins and bottles of French's mustard and Del Monte tomato ketchup.

Meals would include beef from the Hearst property's working cattle ranch.

Hearst's guests were like a who's who of the rich and famous, with stars like Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Joan Crawford; political leaders like Winston Churchill and Calvin Coolidge; and notables like Will Rogers and the American astronomer Edwin Hubble. Bob Hope and his wife, Delores, also spent their honeymoon here.

Photo captured August 17, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/3.5 ISO 900 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Magnificent - takes me back to the wonderful stories that happened in this room with
Churchill and all sort of wonderful hollywood folk rubbing shoulders amid this incredible
collection for a backdrop... superb photo of this table !~

28 Nov 2012 6:33am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love that table .........

28 Nov 2012 7:55am

tataray from france, France

Une magnifique table bien décorée. Un bel endroit capturé.)

28 Nov 2012 8:48am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - amazing medieval mood and superb capture of the light!

28 Nov 2012 9:09am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot.. thanks for the info :)

28 Nov 2012 10:22am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful ! lucky you being here :)

28 Nov 2012 10:46am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A wonderful capture of this magnificent dining room. Thesilver candle holders on the table is very beautiful indeed !

28 Nov 2012 11:25am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A beautiful composition .

28 Nov 2012 11:46am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Sehr schöne Aufnahme und eine gute Info.

28 Nov 2012 12:24pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Rich and intimidating decor, but magnificent at the same time.

28 Nov 2012 1:59pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Lots of elbow room ! Excellent image and series, Steven.

28 Nov 2012 2:27pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Oh my! Magnificent table, although too little for my dining room :-)) He evidently was a humble person living a humble life.

28 Nov 2012 4:57pm

franz from Baden, Austria

most impressive! the tour guide looks like a butler himself ...

28 Nov 2012 6:46pm

mohammad from shiraz, Iran

i love this pic
so fantastic

28 Nov 2012 7:10pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Excellent POV to really showcase this table and its surroundings. Thanks for the info too.

28 Nov 2012 7:23pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Super shot, it's great that they let you take photos in there

28 Nov 2012 9:13pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

The lighting in this exquisite room is very accentuating! Fantastic capture!

28 Nov 2012 9:31pm

vaFA from tehran, Iran

Excellent shot!i like color in your photo,beautiful.well done ****

28 Nov 2012 9:55pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A superb shot of this amazing place.

28 Nov 2012 10:02pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic angle! The light and color is beautiful. You would have to shout to heard sitting at each end of the table!

28 Nov 2012 10:25pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Splendid shot and presentation!

29 Nov 2012 12:50am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding composition

29 Nov 2012 12:53am

Yonatan from New York, United States

Really great exposure to freeze the crowd, yet bring out the details in the tapestries and wood.

29 Nov 2012 12:36pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!!!!
so beautiful colors & lights!

29 Nov 2012 3:38pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A grand photo of this great room, but "paper napkins and bottles of French's mustard and Del Monte tomato ketchup," sound like they spoiled the effect. ;D

30 Nov 2012 7:15pm