Thursday Doors – Casa Del Mar

img_0534This lovely ornate door belongs to Casa Del Mar, also known as House A, at Hearst Castle, California. Casa Del Mar, which translates to House Of The Sea, is one of three guest houses on the site, and is where William Randolph Hearst and his family stayed while Casa Grande, the main house, was being built.

img_0505Hearst was a collector on a grand scale, spending months travelling through Europe buying up art and antiquities, even parts of buildings, then shipping them back to California to be incorporated into his dream home. So this lovely door may have started life long before it came to live on the Enchanted Hill. Nowadays Hearst Castle is a National Monument, open to the public for tours and events. However, there is still enchantment to be found on the hill high above the ocean, and the castle remains a place of fascination for me.

img_0504This is my entry for Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors Challenge – for more doors, or to add one of your own, visit Norm’s site and click the link.


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19 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Casa Del Mar

  1. Good choice Helen. This place is astounding. I was there about 7 years ago. I’d love to go back and spend a few full days with my camera and a couple of my favourite lenses today. So many wonderful doors to shoot. Sigh… 🙂

    1. Thanks, Norm. It is amazing, isn’t it? We were there last year (my second visit) and I didn’t feel I got to spend enough time there. I certainly didn’t photograph enough doors!

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