Hearst Social Hall Terrace Restoration

Hearst Social Hall Terrace Restoration


Important information regarding the terrace at Hearst Social Hall

Beginning October 31, 2016 there will be a Parks restoration project happening on the terrace of the Hearst Social Hall.

California State Parks and Aramark are excited to work on the restoration of the Phoebe A. Hearst Social Hall terrace. The Hearst Social Hall is the first building constructed for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Conference Grounds at Asilomar. When completed in 1913, the front of the Social Hall (facing the ocean) exhibited a full-width concrete terrace with a tiered, half-circle concrete stairway in the center (Figure). As designed by Julia Morgan, the terrace allowed an unimpeded view of the landscape bringing the outside into the interior of the building, an important concept in Arts and Crafts architecture. Morgan’s terrace blended into the rustic setting providing a visual platform for the building’s architecture. The concrete terrace was demolished in 1973 for the current wood deck. The wood deck does not keep with Morgan’s design intent and it restricts the architectural and landscape viewshed allowed by the original terrace.

Restoration of the Hearst Social Hall concrete terrace returns the building to its original design, reestablishes a unique viewshed, and strengthens the historical integrity and value of the National Historic Landmark property. The newly designed terrace has been crafted by California State Parks and Project Management will be provided under the joint direction of State Parks and Aramark.  The terrace is expected to begin construction by the end of October, 2016 and be completed by late February, 2017.  We look forward to your comments on the restoration project and encourage you to share your thoughts with the staff and rangers at Asilomar.