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Hearst Castle Exterior, San Simeon California

The Mysteries of Hearst Castle

Once upon a time, there was a man named William Randolph Hearst. He was a famous American newspaper publisher and business tycoon. He lived in a castle on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Simeon.

The vision of Hearst Castle was the brainchild of William Randolph Hearst himself, but the genius who made it all happen was American architect and engineer, Julia Morgan. Julia was ahead of her time; her prolific career happened in a male-dominated industry during a time in our history where women were thought of as “keepers of the castle.” Well, Julia was building them! Julia designed over 700 buildings, and her most famous accomplishment was Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

One more note on this award-winning architect: she pioneered the aesthetic use of reinforced concrete that has proven to hold up to seismic movements that happen during strong earthquakes. She died in 1957 at the age of 85. 

William Randolph Hearst lived in the castle from 1919 to 1947, and like any other homeowner with an expendable income, construction on the property continued all the way until right before his death. He was forced to move out in 1947 because of his failing health. He died in 1951.

An interesting unknown detail is that at the time Hearst vacated the estate, it had remained unfinished. This was due to his constant design changes, so Hearst never got to really enjoy and see the entire castle in the state of completion. Although by the time he left the castle, it had contained 165 rooms and the square footage was well over 90,000 square feet. There were also 123 acres of gardens, so he did get to enjoy some of the fruits of his imagination.

As part of the process, Hearst would travel to Europe and see the ceilings from churches and monasteries. When he would see one he liked, he would have it disassembled in Europe and later reassembled in California.

Back in its heyday, Hearst Castle entertained the very elite, from Hollywood royalty to notable politicians. Hearst the man wanted to impress the unattainable, and that he did…and his castle still does today. Currently people come from all over the world to enjoy tours given at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

ADG Lighting was a past licensee of the Hearst Castle Collection of Decorative Lighting & Iron. Check out the atelier chrome fixtures and lamps that formerly sat at the Hearst estate.

 

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Adding a Traditional Touch To The Outdoors

Planning an Outdoor Renovation

Spring is upon us and baseball season is in full swing! With the weather creating a more comfortable and relaxing environment for entertainment and relaxation, some find their outdoor living spaces are in need of a facelift. In a recent survey from Houzz, nearly a thousand of those surveyed are planning or have completed renovations to their outdoor living spaces. Of those thousand, over 57% plan to upgrade their outdoor lighting.

Making the Change

When considering a change to the lighting in your outdoor living spaces, more and more homeowners are reaching out to lighting professionals for support. A professional lighting designer is able to provide both the creative and technical expertise required to bring your project to life. Great lighting can bring zen-like qualities to any setting. You can rediscover the perimeter of your property, make it fun to entertain and highlight points of interest. Perhaps you want to set a soft, romantic mood during the evening hours. Maybe you have a bench or a shadowy garden corner you need to illuminate for security reasons. A path leading through the garden may require landscape lighting to mark its boundaries.  A professional lighting designer can bring your creative ideas to life through their creative design abilities.

For Your Consideration

When you are choosing a lighting professional for your outdoor renovation, ADG Lighting is the right partner to bring your project to life. With over 20 years experience, our creativity and quality manufacturing have brought countless outdoor projects to life. We are excited about the creative design opportunities presented in spring projects. Our design creativity and quality of manufacturing makes ADG Lighting the perfect choice for your spring projects. Learn more about our inspired creations at adglighting.com or contact us at 818-597-9494.

We would like to share four samples of our work that would be ideal for any outdoor project:

 

 

ADG Featured in Latest Issue of Robb Report

We were thrilled to find out that our work at the Greystone Mansion designer showcase back in November was featured in the May/June issue of Robb Report Home & Style! We worked with L’Esperance Design to recreate the design tastes of business and media mogul William Randolph Hearst. We selected atelier chrome fixtures and lamps that formerly sat at the Hearst estate for the showcase. Check out the feature in the latest issue.

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ADG Lighting Featured in the Winter 2013 Issue of California Homes

We are excited to announce our lighting work at the Historic Greystone Mansion for the 2013 Designer Showcase was just featured in the latest edition of California Homes! Our work celebrated business titan William Randolph Hearst. The Greystone grand foyer was one of the spaces selected to honor the design taste of the media mogul. We selected atelier chrome fixtures and lamps that formerly sat at the Hearst estate for the showcase.

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We joined creative forces with interior design company L’Esperance Design for the project. The Greystone Mansion has been the site of countless television shows and movies such as X-Men, The Bodyguard, The Gilmore Girls, and The Social Network. The showcase celebrated design through the Titans of Business and Best of Design theme. You can see more about the showcase and our work in this KABC-7 Los Angeles news segment. For more of our custom work, visit the ADG Lighting website.

Hearst at Greystone


Leading LA Lighting Firm Infuses Style of Hearst to Greystone Mansion Showcase

ADG Lighting Partners with L’Esperance Design for Titans of Business Themed 2013 Designer Showcase 

LOS ANGELES – November 12, 2013 – ADG Lighting, a leading LA-based custom lighting firm, has joined creative forces with interior design company L’Esperance Design for the 2013 Designer Showcase at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.

Celebrating business titan William Randolph Hearst, the Greystone grand foyer was one of the spaces selected to honor the design taste of the media mogul. Renowned for their custom lighting work at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, ADG Lighting selected atelier chrome fixtures and lamps that formerly sat at the Hearst estate for the showcase.1457463_644035882301375_155224688_n

“We were thrilled to work with L’Esperance Design on such an amazing and creative project,” said Gerald Olesker, Founder and CEO of ADG Lighting. “Our experience working at the Hearst Castle really inspired our thought process for the project, and we are proud to be part of the legacy being created at Greystone Mansion.”

The Greystone Mansion has been the site of countless television shows and movies such as X-Men, The Bodyguard, The Gilmore Girls, and The Social Network. The showcase celebrates design through the Titans of Business and Best of Design theme. Selected designers reinvented rooms in the spirit and taste of the chosen business titan, translating the space into works of art. Titans come from any of the following industries: Entertainment, Import/Export, Wine, New Media, Manufacturing, Banking/Finance, and Real Estate.

Atelier Chrome Collection by ADG

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Gerald Olesker, CEO/Founder of ADG Lighting, stands next to the printed fabric walls by L’Esperance, featuring the Atelier Chromed Lanterns with lion’s heads. The space is themed out appropriately, with the influence of William Randolph Hearst as the Grand Entry’s Titan for the 2013 Greystone home tour.

The ADG Eco Lighting Atelier Chrome Collection Lamps were originally designed and manufactured for our Hearst Castle Collection. These magnificent lamps stayed at Hearst Castle for almost two years in a suite designed by Barclay Butera. They are now for sale and are seeking a good home.

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Having fun with Gerald Olesker, Paul L’Esperance and Joey Genarro at Greystone Doheny Mansion.

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The public will have the chance to procure selected Hearst-inspired pieces from the Grand Foyer. All fixtures for sale are part of the Hearst Castle Collection by ADG Lighting.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Collection fixtures toured Hearst Castle for almost two years; the fixtures were chromed out for the Greystone Home tour. These legacy pieces will also be signed by Gerald Olesker.

The showcase runs through November 24th. For more information on ADG Lighting and the fixtures available for sale, please visit the company blog or call 818-597-9494. Additional information on the Greystone Mansion Showcase is available on the Design House International website.

About ADG Lighting

ADG Lighting, a subsidiary of Architectural Detail Group, is a custom design and manufacturing firm specializing in high-end residential and commercial spaces. Based in Agoura Hills, the company works with restaurants, hotels & resorts, and landmarks worldwide providing high caliber design and sustainable lighting solutions.

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Beverly Ridge European Estate – Custom Lights by ADG Eco Lighting

Another Fab home that we designed and manufactured light fixtures for. Our Team At ADG, Architectural Detail Group, had created the concept for exterior lanterns and interior details. Firescreens and other fixtures.
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http://www.7beverlyridge.com/ is the link to this estate boasting an almost $20,000,000 price tag.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU28D2eAp5E Video about Beverly Park with Richard Manion Architect.

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Fixture details and firescreens are all available with ADG Lighting and made to order. So customization is as simple as a quick sketch and email.

 

To contact us for projects call 818-597-9494 or email EcoCA@adgmail.com