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New Clairvaux Chapter House Window (Interior)

New Clairvaux Chapter House Window (Interior)

Vina, Tehama County, California

When Hearst ran out of cash, he donated the Spanish monastery stones to San Francisco's de Young Museum. Julia Morgan, the principal architect at Hearst's San Simeon estate, suggested using the monastery as the centerpiece of a museum highlighting sacred medieval European architecture -- the West Coast version of the Cloisters in New York City. But there was no money for that, either. So the monastery stones just sat behind the de Young in Golden Gate Park and were slowly scattered through appropriation for landscape projects and theft. [View of one of the completed windows from the chapter house interior. Some of the older stones have been recut to match new material; you can tell much of the old stone, though, by its rough, weathered appearance.]