801 - Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall

801 - Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall, 1913 Viewed from the campus Circle to the West, it appears that Julia Morgan intended the Social Hall to be the center of activity. Visitors entered the west side of the Administration Building, now known as the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall, from a terraced concrete and stone patio, which was replaced with a modern redwood deck in 1974. Morgan set the building's foundation into the side of the hill, battered the granite pilasters, and clad the frieze in pine logs with the bark let on. The cupola and bronze bell, originally slated for the chapel Auditorium, were installed in 1915. The social Hall, like all the Morgan buildings, included hot and cold running water and lights powered by electricity drawn from the Hotel Del Monte, in Monterey. As you pass through the thick redwood doors, your eyes are drawn to the massive stone fireplace. The redwood beams, wood floors, and darkly stained trim are common in California's Arts and Crafts architecture, and help reinforce the intimacy of the fire. Note the unfinished natural redwood details in the ceiling and walls, and the tall, single light casement windows with transoms. The room on your right, where Phoebe's Café is now located, originally contained a Post Office and stenographer's desk. the north side of the building, where the Park Store is located, originally held a classroom, a library and a gift shop.