SAH/SCC logo

CONTACT US

 
  Home   About Us   Architects + Buildings   Events   Dialogue + Ideas   Publications  
 

HOME > PUBLICATIONS > BOOK REVIEWS > HEARST

Hearst's San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land
by Victoria Kastner ; photography by Victoria Garagliano
Reviewed by Julie D. Taylor

A beautiful companion to her book Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House (Abrams, 2000), Kastner's new volume concentrates on the history, influence, beauty, and spirit of the coastal site and the decorative gardens of the "enchanted hill". As Hearst Castle's historian for nearly 30 years, who would know every bloom and marble bust better than she? Kastner tells the story of the land from well before the first descriptions of it by Spanish explorers in 1769, through the Hearst family history in the region, to impressions from current California State Parks Superintendent Nicholas Franco. The research and documentation in the book are impressive, with plans, plant lists, renderings, construction details, cultural artifacts, detailed photo captions, and exhaustive notes and bibliography. Archival photos are seamlessly woven with Garagliano's current work in the same way the landscape and architecture of "La Cuesta Encantada" exist in splendid harmony. Kastner has created a work thatin telling a story centered on a certain family and a particular piece of landis really a cultural biography of the California Dream.

Abrams; hardcover; 240 pages; $50.

Read other book reviews by the SAH/SCC.

Buy Now at Powell's and a portion of the sales price goes to SAH/SCC. Click link below:

Hearst's San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land by Victoria Kastner

 

 

 

 
Join Us!

- Sign up for free E-Alerts
- Make a donation
- Become a member and enjoy:

Advance notice of sold out events

30% discount on ALL events

Bi-monthly SAH/SCC News and Calendar

Free Members' Celebration at historic site


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO



What's New?

BOOK REVIEW
The Stahl House: Case Study House #22:
by Bruce Stahl and Shari Stahl Gronwald

READ MORE

 

SHOP
Irving Gill: Los Angeles

BUY NOW

 

FROM THE ARCHIVES


FREE DOWNLOAD

sitemap | webmaster contact