'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!
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Mark grew up and was educated in the UK at Stowe School – where it would be hard not to gain a respect for eye-opening architecture – before working for twenty years in the building industry. However, his real passion has always been history, and particularly US history and the stories, legends, and people behind houses. He is an accredited lecturer in both the United States and Europe and the founder of HouseHistree.com .
"Delightfully scripted presentation Very well presented." -Ross
"The precise, well spoken delivery by the presenter. We’d could hear every word, appreciated his measured speech, his humor, and knowledge." -Kathryn
"Lots of great information about the homes, including what happened to each one." -Laura
"Excellent presentation. Presenter was well prepared and highly knowledgeable , photos were excellently chosen and added greatly to presentation." -Dennis
"Lots of images and also, the whole story. I've been to Hearst Castle but had NO idea about all these other castles. The talk was well organized and present." -Janine
"The program was well-researched and Mark was enthusiastic about his subject." -Beth
"Very intelligent and informed speaker. He understands how to present." -Jonathan
"So many fascinating facts, great history & a lot of fun to listen to, loved all the photos too, a great presentation." -Mary
"This was an excellent presentation with a fantastic educator!" -Jill
"The presenter did a superb job with interesting material" -Marcia
"The way the talk was balanced between story of Hearst and the background and description of his houses - like two lectures in one exposing his character." -Frederick
"Good mix of both fun and serious. Entertaining and also factual." -Charlotte
"I liked that we toured the inside of the buildings not just the outside. The presentation was well researched and photos were great." -Marsha
"Great detail and great subject and great presentation!" -Jan
"Very knowledgeable clear speaker....passionate about his subject" -Diane
"Clear dialogue, easy to follow, and rich in detail. Best webinar I have viewed so far, although I have enjoyed them all." -Lisa
"Absolutely everything!! The lecture was full of information, the images were fantastic, the presenter was delightful and engaged, and engaging. It was one of the best lectures I have attended during Covid, and I have attended hundreds. This was fantastic!!!" -Joseph
"A wonderful overview of Heart's life and castles. I visited Hearst Castle in CA a few years ago and this presentation provided a good background." -Carol
"I have taken many on line NY Adventure classes- this was by far the best- very organized, very organized, interesting speaker!" -Patricia
"The content moved at an appropriate pace, and the presenter was enthusiastic and knowledgable." -Nicola
"The host was very knowledgeable about the subject matter. I did not realize that WR Hearst owned so many properties." -Nancy
"Very professional presentation. A knowledgeable presenter who was articulate and well organized. He seemed to have a passion for the topic and to be enjoying telling the tales WRH's life and loves and homes. It's quite a story!" -Leigh
"The content was very well organized and the presenter was very engaging with a great delivery of the information." -Craig
"Great presenter - very knowledgeable on his subject - good slides!" -Gale
"The speaker had a fantastic knowledge of the subject matter." -Eileen D.
"The presenter is very informative on Hearst's background and of the properties." -Carroll
"Presentation was slick and professional - lots of info!" -Evelyn
"I liked the fascinating combination of a very interesting biography with observations on Hearst and how his character was manifested in his 'castles'." -Frederick
"I liked that it is well organized and the presenter is very knowledgeable." -Eileen F.
"Great pictures. Well done narrative. Interesting history." -Susan
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