Hearst Obtains Ovila Stones

Purchased by William Randolph Hearst for his estate at Wyntoon.  He did not bring back the entire monastery, only sections of it.  Arthur Byne was the art dealer whose advice Hearst followed to purchase it.   Julia Morgan was an architect for Hearst, Walter Steilberg her assistant.  Plans were drawn to restore it at Wyntoon.  11 boat loads of stone come to San Francisco and are stored in a warehouse near the Cannery.  The Depression hit.  Hearst was financially unable to reconstruct this monastery. Hearst presented the stones to the city of San Francisco with the understanding that the entire monastery would be reconstructed as a De Young museum near Golden Gate Park.  Plans were in process but WW II interrupted them.  The stones remain stored outside near the De Young.