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Book of the Week: Phoebe’s House: A Hearst Legacy

There are times when a building leaves a legacy almost as long as the person who built and financed its construction. One such building is Hearst Castle in San Simeon, another was the Hacienda del Pozo de Verona in Pleasanton. This mansion, now long gone, was built by and for the Hearst family matriarch, Phoebe. Learn about the history of this magnificent structure, which like Hearst Castle, bore Julia Morgan’s fingerprints, from its construction, through its transformations into a country club and a dude ranch and finally its destruction in a catastrophic fire. If you love architecture, or biography or even just living the good life, this is the book for you!