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.
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