The Biltmore Estate: The Largest Home in America

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The Biltmore Estate is located in Asheville, North Carolina. It is the largest privately owned home in the United States. It was privately owned by George Washington Vanderbilt and his family. The house was designed by Richard Morris Hunt. Frederick Law Olmsted designed the landscape. The Biltmore Estate had a major role in the development of the creative architecture of the era and is well known for being America's largest home. The Biltmore Estate was built from 1889 and 1895. It cost about $10,000,000 to build. The Biltmore Estate was built on 125,000 acres of land. It had a total of 250 rooms. Included in these rooms is a swimming pool and a bowling alley. In the Biltmore Estate, there are 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. The house itself covers 4 acres land. The house possesses features such as electric lighting, telephones and an elevator. The Vanderbilts were an extremely wealthy family of the time. George W. Vanderbilt grew up in one of the richest families in the United States. George Washington Vanderbilt was born in 1862. He was one of eight children. He attended the Columbia University at the age of sixteen. He originally purchased the land for his mother, who was often sick. He had never intended for the house to be open to the public. Frederick Law Olmsted was the main architect of the Biltmore Estate. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1822. He is also the designer of Stanford University, grounds of the U.S. capitol, Central Park, and Niagara Falls State Reserve. Olmsted did not attend college. In 1895 he suffered a mental breakdown and spent the rest of his life in an Asylum in Waverly Massachusetts. Olmsted died in August 1903. The Biltmore Estate was the last project he ever did. He ... ... middle of paper ... ...bGl2ZQ== This website tells about Olmstead. It tells his life prior the building the Biltmore. I learned that Olmstead created many masterpieces that compete with estates in Europe. Olmstead’s career was winding down when he built the Biltmore. Wernick, Robert. "Here's the house that lots and lots of jack built. ." EBSCOhost. N.p.. Web. 25 Oct 2013. This website describes the Biltmore, as a turn-of-the-century pleasure dome for the Vanderbilts, which now flourishes by giving tourists a great day for their money. It tells how George Washington Vanderbilt conceived the notion for his luxurious residence, details regarding the construction of the mansion; Restoration efforts in recent years; Who owns and runs the estate today.

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