If you’ve picked up a newspaper any time in the last hundred years, William Randolph Hearst has likely had an influence on you. Aside from creating more than 30 newspaper chains across America, Hearst played a vital role in shaping the world of journalism as we know it today.
Although his most famous property is Hearst Castle in California, peeking inside his NYC digs — which recently hit the market for $27.5 million — is like going on a journey back in time. Listed by the Corcoran Group, Hearst’s former penthouse will impress you with stunning stained glass windows, charming herringbone floors, a fabulous private elevator and one of the most impressive views of Central Park and the New York skyline you will ever see. Come on in and take a look!
Inside William Randolph Hearst’s swanky NYC penthouse
91 Central Park WestOne of NYC’s swankiest addresses, the 15-storey building sits directly across the street from Central Park, walking distance to The Lake and Strawberry Fields. Back in the late 1800s when Hearst lived here, it would have felt like a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of life in the city. Elizabeth Andrews/Corcoran Group
Elegant BedroomsThe penthouse spans two floors with four elegantly appointed bedrooms. Built in the old English style with ornate details like built-in wardrobes and herringbone wood floors, we can almost picture Millicent Wilson — the 21-year-old chorus girl Hearst married in 1903 — getting ready for a night out on the town. Elizabeth Andrews/Corcoran Group
Living RoomWhen you’re one of the most prominent men in New York, you need a grand space to entertain. To call the living room’s Elizabethan-style fireplace a showstopper would be an understatement. The hand-carved oak mantle reaches all the way up to the coffered ceilings and is the focal point of the room. Elizabeth Andrews/Corcoran Group
SolariumPractically built for lounging and reading the morning newspaper, we wonder if Hearst ever had time to relax with one of his dailies in this naturally bright space. Elizabeth Andrews/Corcoran Group
TowerIf you’re going to work in newspapers then you’re going to need a library. We can imagine this space housing great literary works and parlour games alike. The building’s impressive tower served as the perfect man cave for Hearst, complete with stained glass windows, a fireplace and cathedral wood ceilings. Elizabeth Andrews/Corcoran Group
West ViewLooking west, we imagine the skyline would have looked far sparser in the early 1900s, and we wonder if Hearst would even recognize the city today. Elizabeth Andrews/Corcoran Group