(Source: contracostatimes.com) Casa Grande, the main house at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. (Creative Commons, Flickr/Peter Kemmer, PKMousie bottom: Provided by Lucasfilm)
A media mogul becomes rich and builds his own Xanadu, micromanaging the design of each stately edifice.

Critics of Marin County filmmaker George Lucas assert that this description equally fits both Lucas and William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper magnate who inspired the 1941 film “Citizen Kane.” Now Hearst and Lucas appear to have something new in common.

People familiar with the design of the Hearst Castle in San Simeon say that the new 262,000-square-foot digital film production building that Lucas has proposed building at Grady Ranch in Marin’s Lucas Valley bears an uncanny resemblance to the castle’s main building, Casa Grande. But experts on architecture copyright law doubt that Lucas will face legal repercussions.

“From the Ronda (Spain) towers to the Swiss carved Teak-wood gable, it is obviously an adaptation of the W.R. Hearst/Julia Morgan design set in rolling hills,” a reader commented in an e-mail after seeing the sketch of the building in the Marin Independent Journal.

“The design is a complete rip-off of Hearst Castle??? Julia Morgan is spinning in her grave,” another reader e-mailed.

Morgan, a renowned California architect, partly based Casa Grande on a cathedral in the village of Ronda in southern Spain. Construction of the building began in 1922. Casa Grande is the centerpiece of the palatial Hearst Castle estate, which has been maintained as a historic state park since the Hearst Corp. donated it to the state in 1957.
director at Hearst Castle, said, “Gee, it looks awfully like Casa Grande. This is really something. What can I say? It’s Casa Grande North, huh. Our legal department is looking into it.

Full Article:  http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_12587598



1 Comment to “George Lucas’ Design A Twin Of Hearst Castle”


  1. MOE — June 16, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    Oh the irony.


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