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Refectory #2

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 29 November 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A view looking down the dining table toward the fireplace, where I wanted to highlight the banners and the intricate wood-carved panels in the ceiling, which were imported from Italy. The panels came from a 14th century church wall, which is why their heads are all leaning to the right.


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 1250 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Bill Brown from California, United States

Wonderful detail!

29 Nov 2012 6:17am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Superb image! What a place.

29 Nov 2012 6:23am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Such an enormous amount of detail and colour ion this shot, great work!

29 Nov 2012 8:08am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Perfect perspective and a vivid scene rich in history!

29 Nov 2012 10:10am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Great photo, always wanted a room like that to hold fabulous parties, superb !~

29 Nov 2012 12:23pm

tataray from france, France

Wow... Magnifique...c'est grandiose !...))

29 Nov 2012 12:46pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Excellent shot of this over the top beauty. I'd be dropping food all over myself, gawking up at those incredible panels.

29 Nov 2012 2:12pm

@Rick: You bring to mind an incident I had in Hearst Castle........I was looking up at a tapestry and stepped on an area rug that set off an alarm. AACCKK!!

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Great perspective of this impressive place!

29 Nov 2012 3:07pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Wonderful perspective of this spectacular room. It is really eye-catching! The colors and the detail are beautiful.

29 Nov 2012 3:34pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
Beautiful colors & lights!

29 Nov 2012 3:46pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful !

29 Nov 2012 3:54pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Fabulous framing and POV. A beautiful image.

29 Nov 2012 6:39pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Amazing detailed and embellished decor; fantastic light and capture!

29 Nov 2012 7:40pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A superb shot, and you have certainly captured the feeling of being there.

29 Nov 2012 9:00pm

mohammad from shiraz, Iran

my likes
colors

29 Nov 2012 10:05pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really looks a great place, so much to look at

29 Nov 2012 10:11pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is fantastic. A wonderful angle. This room is absolutely beautiful!

30 Nov 2012 1:06am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine leading lines

30 Nov 2012 2:07am

Carol from Leamington, Canada

A very bright & cheery room.... and very colorful with all the banners. The ceiling is just amazing! It seems to be jam-packed with things to see. A super capture Steven... I enjoyed the informative write-up also!

30 Nov 2012 2:25am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I can only imagine what it would have been like to dine in there with the rich and famous.

30 Nov 2012 2:28am

franz from Baden, Austria

this looks very ornate, almost too much! i wonder, like rick, if one could really enjoy a meal there without inhibitions ... ;-)

30 Nov 2012 8:53am