Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- January 30, 2002
Cal Poly Kennedy Library Acquires Collection of Hearst
An extensive collection of sketches by renowned California muralist
Camille Solon, an artisan whose work appears throughout Hearst Castle
at San Simeon, can be seen as part of the Cal Poly Kennedy Library's
The recent addition of 225 sketches includes images of Hearst Castle
and the surrounding area. Sketches of the area around Stoke-on-Trent,
England, Solon's birthplace, and of Marin County are also part of the
Solon became well acquainted with Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan,
California's first female architect, after Morgan commissioned him in
1924 to create paintings and murals for the Chapel of the Chimes, a
Gothic-style addition she was designing for an Oakland church.
Soon after the project's completion, Solon was hired as an artisan at
Hearst's San Simeon estate. He is known for the mosaic tile work in
the Roman pool and the murals in the Gothic study, in the center room
of the castle's new wing, and in the doorway to the dining hall.
The new sketches make up the Morgan-Solon Collection and add to the
Kennedy Library's already vast compilation of materials related to the
design and building of Hearst Castle. The Julia Morgan Collection, donated
to the library in 1980, contains personal and professional papers, including
correspondence between Morgan and William Randolph Hearst.
The Special Collections and University Archives Department is open 10
a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.
"Due to the fragile nature of the Julia Morgan Collection and the
Solon sketches, appointments are recommended for consultation with a
member of the Special Collections staff," said Catherine Trujillo
of the Kennedy Library.
For more information, contact Trujillo or Mike Line in the library's
Special Collections department at 756-2305 or visit the Web at