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By TAMMY DAVIS
". . .all the vast and ordered beauty of a
country estate in the grand manner. . .and,
hidden away in its heart, proud Biltmore
House, filled with fabulous treasures cen
turies old." Biltmore House and Gardens
Nestled snugly in the mountains of
Western North Carolina near Asheville
stands the spectacular architecture and
awesome grandeur of Biltmore House and
Cardens. Biltmore House remains a national
historic landmark as the largest privately
owned and operated residence in the world.
George Washington Vanderbilt, grandson
of "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt who
began the Staten Island Ferry, started the
construction of Biltmore House in 1890.
Vanderbilt had visited Asheville to enjoy the
mountain views and mild climate of the
resort town. He was so taken with the area
that, at age 27, he purchased 125,000 acres
of land and began planning his southern
Vanderbilt, his wife, Edith and daughter,
Cornelia moved into the mansion in 1895.
When Cornelia married John Francis, Am
herst Cecil, a British diplomat, the residence
became the Cecil's and still belongs to their
sons, William and George.
Approximately 1,000 workers took five
years to complete the house under the archi
tectural expertise of Richard Morris, Hunt
Hunt, who designed the base of the Statue
of Liberty, planned the house after the
chateaux of Chamboird, Chenonceaux and
Blois located in the Loire Valley of France.
Hunt also traveled throughout the world
with Vanderbilt to purchase art treasures for
the 250-room mansion.
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French Renaissance-style chateau In Asheville
Photo courtesy of Biltmore House
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To plan the gardens and parks around the
house Vanderbilt engaged Frederick Law
Olmsted, the foremost landscape artist of
the day. The three-mile approach road to the
house is the most significant thing Olmsted
created because he imported 10,000
rhododendron from Europe to create a deep
forest effect Biltmore remains one of,
Olmsted's most successful projects and is
noted for providing many of the first
American experiments in practical forestry.
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Vanderbilt hired sculptors from all over
the world to carve the fine artistry of the
house. In addition, Vanderbilt himself pur
chased some of the world's most valuable
treasures to place in his home.
Probably the most intriguing is Napoleon's
chess set The table was actually used by
Napoleon while he was a prisioner at St
Helena. The set is carved in ivory and it is
said that Napoleon's heart was placed on
the table prior to being placed in his coffin.
Of particular beauty in the upstairs level
of the house is the Banquet Hall. Beneath an
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Weekend, September 23, 1932