Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the south via Paso Robles and Cambria, but Highway One is closed from the north at Ragged Point.

Doge’s Balcony ceiling was created by Hearst-era craftsmen as part of the Doge’s Suite – two bedrooms and two bathrooms that flank a central sitting room. Located on the mezzanine level of the mansion between Casa Grande’s first and second floors, the suite was completed in 1926.

As part of an exterior balcony exposed to the elements, the ceiling suffered damage over time. Hearst Castle’s Historic Restoration staff removed it and restored damaged elements using techniques that included carving, casting, painting, and gilding. After the restoration work was complete, the ceiling was reinstalled in the Doge’s Balcony, where it can now be seen on tour.