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New Clairvaux Abbey: Chapter House Exterior

New Clairvaux Abbey: Chapter House Exterior

Vina, Tehama County, California

Santa Maria de Ovila is the name of a Cistercian Abbey bought and pulled down by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s. He intended to ship it to California, then have architect Julia Morgan rebuilt it at the Hearst estate at Wintoon, Shasta County. But Hearst had run out of money for the project. [Most of the exterior stone for the chapter house is newly quarried and cut to match the surviving pieces from Spain. Some of the original stone is visible in the arch at the top of the window.]