Beer sales help rebuild Northern Calif. monastery
Posted: 12/29/2012 01:00:00 AM EST
Saturday December 29, 2012

VINA, Calif. (AP) -- Monks in a small Northern California town are rebuilding a centuries-old Spanish monastery with help from what may seem an unlikely source: beer.

The first phase of the building's decades-long restoration project in the Sacramento Valley town of Vina has been completed, with the Chapter House of Ovila now standing, the San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/TvoGjL) on Tuesday.

In the 1930s, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst bought the former Trappist monastery-- the Santa Maria de Ovila -- and imported it from Spain for an estate that was never realized. He had planned to use parts of the church for an indoor swimming pool changing room.

Once that project was scrapped, Hearst donated the monastery's pieces to the city of San Francisco, but the dismantled building sat forgotten in Golden Gate Park for more than 60 years.








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