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Following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and local public health authorities, we are increasing public access and services in a phased approach at Hearst Castle®/Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument®. Before visiting, please review the COVID-19/FAQ tab on the home page. There you will find information and frequently asked questions regarding your trip to Hearst Castle. Updates about the overall Department of Parks and Recreation response to COVID-19, including safety information, are posted on parks.ca.gov. For more information from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department click readyslo.org

Hearst Castle tours and the Visitor Center is currently closed. When we reopen, advanced reservations will be required to visit Hearst Castle and/or the Visitor Center

Incorporating just a few historic elements, the ceiling in the Doge’s Balcony was essentially created by Hearst-era craftsmen as part of the Doge’s Suite – one of the most luxurious ensembles at Hearst Castle. Located on the mezzanine level 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 deteriorated over time. Several years ago, the ceiling was completely replaced. Damaged or missing elements like the seraphim (small heads around the oval painting) were recreated with plaster casts. A later phase of conservation softened the appearance of the painted and gilded areas so that they seem to be much older, but undamaged.

Before Replacement:

doge-balcony-ceiling-before

Current Appearance: