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Wyntoon, Dunsmuir, Siskiyou County, California, 1902-1933

Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck, architects

In 1931, William Randolph Hearst asked Oakland architect Julia Morgan to travel to Europe to sketch Bavarian buildings. When she returned, she designed three Fairy Tale-style buildings for Hearst’s 50,000-acre estate on the McCloud River of Northern California. Hidden within a forest, Wyntoon is still owned by the Hearst family and is not accessible to the public. Adventurous kayakers sometimes venture up the rapids to glimpse the estate from the shallow, rocky river.

  • Cinderella House, Julia Morgan, 1933
  • Bear House and Cinderella House, Julia Morgan, 1933
  • Fairy House, Julia Morgan, 1933. Fairy tale murals designed by Hungarian illustrator Willy Pogany.
  • River House, Julia Morgan, n.d.
  • Rhineland-style Castle, Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan, 1902. Burned in 1929, and replaced by the Bavarian-style houses above.

todays book haul! 2015 is looking like an awesome year for books!

you have seven messages // stewart lewis
all these things i’ve done // gabrielle zevin
inked armor // helena hunting
the last forever // deb caletti
the beautiful and the cursed // page morgan
find me // romily bernard
the beginning of after // jennifer castle 

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Bye bye mountains!

We have spent almost one year in the French Alps, living in a beautiful chalet, surrounded by sheeps, cows, horses and strange insects. It was a very inspiring place for a productive year. 
Tomorrow, early in the morning, we will leave the mountains in search for a new home.

Last Saturday, we went one last time to the lake of Annecy where we swam and sketched those two beautiful castles.

Castle of Menthon St Bernard & Castle of Duingt
Watercolor sketches on location.