SAN SIMEON, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: A general view of atmosphere at the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle Neptune Pool Reception at Hearst Castle on September 7, 2013 in San Simeon, California.

Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool (Photo credit: Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

Renovation To Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool Nears Completion

By Keith Menconi

May 31, 2018 - 12:40 pm

SAN SIMEON, CA (KCBS Radio) - Renovation work on an iconic pool at Hearst Castle is nearing completion. As KCBS Radio's Keith Menconi reports, the Neptune Pool has been a dry husk of its former self for years.

The pool is one of the most recognizable parts of the sprawling Hearst Castle. "Between the marble and the statuaries and the columns and where its position on the hilltop," superintendent of the state park district that includes the castle, Dan Fallot said. "It's just something that folks really treasure and it's a key component to the story of Hearst Castle."

Fallot says as the 80 year-old pool aged, it began to leak more and more. Eventually losing thousands of gallons of water everyday.

In 2014 the pool was drained to make way for renovation work that is now almost done.

"We're kind of starting to get into the homestretch here," Fallot adds. "Where we are finalizing any concrete work or in some cases the pedestals for some of the sanctuaries that sit inside the pool."

The pool is a massive structure. If work is completed as expected this summer, it's going to take 345,000 gallons of water to refill it.