‘The Castles of William Randolph Hearst: America’s Publishing King’ Webinar
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William Randolph Hearst — America’s first media giant and once U.S. presidential candidate — was a man who wanted it all. But beyond his public ambitions, he was privately consumed by an insatiable desire to collect art: so much so, that Forbes Magazine called him “quantitively the world’s number one collector of Objets d’Art” in 1935. But how did the billionaire who once accounted for 25% of all of the world’s art market activity, “built the greatest publicity machine in history,” and changed the face of journalism, end up paying rent? It’s time to explore the life, legend, and unparalleled extravagance of one of the 20th century’s most influential figures through the truly extraordinary castles he called home.
Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the extraordinary life and luxuries of newspaper publish William Randolph Hearst, America’s first media mogul whose seemingly limitless funds allowed him to build some of the world’s most extravagant homes and amass one of the largest private art collections of all time.
Led by Mark Meredith — founder of HouseHistree.com — our virtual showcase of Hearst through the stories of more than six of his estates will include:
- An overview of Hearst’s life and legacy, from his quest for career dominance, to his insatiable appetite for antiques and the places he built to hoard them, to his ultimate failure
- An intimate look at his character and relationships with the important women in his life: his mother, wife, mistress, and architect of choice, Julia Morgan
- A deep dive into the stories surrounding his incredible mansions of epic proportions, including Hearst Castle at San Simeon; a fairy-tale castle on Long Island which inspired the castle in The Wizard of Oz; a 70-room haunted castle in the UK; a five-story Gothic NYC castle hidden in plain sight; the 110-room beach house (aka “the Versailles of Hollywood”) he built for his mistress; and a Bavarian castle with its own village deep in the forests of Northern California
- Rare photos and video footage of the lavish properties in which he lived and loved
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Mark — any and all questions about William Randolph Hearst are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually! $10.
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