World Class Pools: The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle
Perhaps you’ve worked with clients that were difficult, but it’s safe to say none of them has held a candle to William Randolph Hearst. Construction started in 1924 on the Neptune Pool, but wasn’t finished until 1936, as it was torn down and rebuilt three times due to Hearst’s legendarily fickle tastes. The finished pool…
by: Pool Markerter
9 months ago
Perhaps you’ve worked with clients that were difficult, but it’s safe to say none of them has held a candle to William Randolph Hearst. Construction started in 1924 on the Neptune Pool, but wasn’t finished until 1936, as it was torn down and rebuilt three times due to Hearst’s legendarily fickle tastes. The finished pool steps 104 feet with an alcove that widens the pool. Its depth ranges from 3 and has a capacity of 345,000 gallons. This amazing roman pool features an early Greco-Roman temple which was imported from Europe and reconstructed onsite, four Italian bas-reliefs that date to the 1600s, and also an oil burning heating system (that is no longer usable ). The pool is embellished with Vermont marble, and the colonnades surrounding it is carved out of the same.
Regrettably, keeping it filled has become a nearly impossible task, as a result of current water shortages in California. This historic inground pool was kept filled by natural springs in the area, but the local State Parks service has redirected that water for irrigation within the surrounding landscape. Even if the pool is permitted to run completely dry, its own grandeur will not be diminished in the least.
The’Castle’ in Hearst Castle isn’t a joke. Constructed for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst between 1947 and 1919, the historical landmark covers for than 90,000 square feet. This will not be the last time that it seems in this blog collection, if it provides you any idea how expansive the scale of Hearst Castle is. Our next World-Class Pools entrance will see the indoor counterpart to the Neptune Pool: Hearst’s Roman Pool. Tickets to the overall swim started at $1,100. There were no shortage of takers on the opportunity to swim in this landmark swimming pool. I’m certain they felt the cost was warranted just for the chance to swim in such a glorious piece of American History. The Hearst Castle then followed up the overall swim with an after party. Tickets to this have been less than $300 but still there were lots of people that while maybe not well heeled enough to fork over $1,100 for a dip, had no qualms about spending some money to lounge around the swimming pool.
Obviously, what we’re considering is what is the most recognizable quality of Hearst Castle, the Neptune Pool.