Hearst and Marion:
The Santa Monica Connection
This online book dates from 2010, with more than 500 screen pages (not yet in hardcopy print form), and contains several special appendixes. Julia Morgan scholars like Karen McNeill have noted that the information in those appendixes is not to be found anywhere else. Taylor spent more than 30 years gathering information before posting his findings.
The author has generously noted: “The information is free for the taking, with my compliments. It’s a marvelous research tool that more and more people are learning about.” (Link below)
TAYLOR COFFMAN was a tour guide at San Simeon from 1972 to 1983. By 1976 he’d begun concentrating on research and, inevitably, on writing. As a Hearst archivist from 1983 to 1989 and from 2001 to 2008, he processed and catalogued thousands of historical documents stemming from the lives of William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Julia Morgan, and others in their circle. The Beach House in Santa Monica is a subject he has long had in mind, one for which his knowledge of Hearst’s most renowned projects, San Simeon and Wyntoon, and his familiarity with greater Los Angeles and Southern California have equipped him uniquely.
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