Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Exciting Discovery!

Today was one of those days where I wanted to jump up and down with joy! Another piece of the puzzle...

Yesterday I emailed the Design Archives at U.C. Berkeley looking for any info they had on Sam. This morning I received an email from Miranda Hambro, the Assistant Curator. She was quite helpful. She didn't know of any mention of Sam in their Julie Morgan collection, but to my surprise, she said that he was mentioned in the book, Building for Hearst and Morgan: Voice from the George Loorz Papers, by Taylor Coffman, 2003. Sam is referred to on page 316 and pgs. 341-42 in the notes. I was elated! The first time I've seen his name published.

I've been having quite a hard time finding out exactly what work he did at Hearst Castle (there is a lot), so this was a great surprise. Something in writing. Needless to say, I purchased the book online (it's out of print, but still available) and came to find out that he's also mentioned in another book by the same author, titled, The Builders Behind the Castles: George Loorz and the F.C. Stolte Company, published in 1990. Purchased that as well and anxiously awaiting for them to arrive!

Next on the agenda is locating the author, Taylor Coffman. I'm sure he has a wealth of knowledge, as he is an authority on Hearst Castle. I'll keep you posted!


  1. So exciting finding all this information, Lynn. What about the History Detectives on PBS, I wonder if they'd take something like this on perhaps?

  2. What great news for you !!! So happy you are launching this blog ... I will be back often to learn more. When I was a young, we went through there many times on our way to visit my brother at Cal Poly. I used to beg my parents to take me to the castle ... it was better than Disneyland to me ! I would love to go again and look more closely at the carvings ! Speaking of Cal Poly, they have and outstanding architecture dept. They may have some information for you as well.

  3. How exciting Lynn!! This is so special and I love his work, it truly blows my mind away. All the love poured into this, he must be happy up there knowing your doing such wonders for him.


  4. Lynn, I'm so glad you're taking the time to make this journey of discovery! It is so fantastic that there are books, photographs and most importantly, people out there in the world who are helping you put the pieces of this puzzle together! Can't wait to read more!


  5. A documentary for us all:) Thank you for sharing your dicoveries with us!! It is all so truly AMAZING!!