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arched ceiling standing 70 feet above the 72
x 42 foot area is a tapestry display of scenes
from the "Odyssey" the only known 16th
century Flemish tapestries woven from the
Venus and Vulcan designs. The backs of the
throne chairs surrounding the specially
designed table and the sculpture of "The Re
turn from the Chase" over the triple fire
place are works of artist Karl Bitter.
Another rarity is the twelve Meissen
Apostles. These porcelain figures, designed
by johann Joachim Kandler, are the only
complete set still in existence marked with
the Austrian crest (The figures were made
for Empress Maria Theresa of Australia be
tween 1735 and 1741.)
A walnut-paneled libray on the upstairs
level contains more than 20,000 volumes,
dating back to 1914. Books of various topics
and written in several languages reveal
Vanderbilfs broad interest The room also
houses two goldfish barrels from the Ming
The house covers four square acres of
land. The downstairs includes the main kit
chen, a pastry kitchen, laundry room and
spacious servant's living and dining areas.
Also downstairs are recreational facilities
which include a gymnasium equipped with
parallel bars and exercise equipment; and an
indoor swimming pool which, for its day,
was unusually luxurious.
A long hallway with 17 dressing rooms
leads visitors to a bowling alley. The balls
were made of wood and designed to vary in
weight The maple and pine alleys were
installed by Brunswick-Balk-Col lender Com
pany and are probably the oldest in ex
istence. There are 32 bedrooms in the Biltmore
House, not including servant bedrooms.
Though most of the rooms were designed for
guests, the family bedrooms reveal the per
sonality of its occupant For instance,
Vanderbilfs bedroom was designed with
walnut wood in the style of Louis XIV. The
furniture is from 18th and 19th century
Spanish, Italian and Portugese designers.
Engravings on the walls, door and hinges
reflect Vanderbilfs passion for fine art From
the window, he had a clear and magnificent
view of all the land that he owned as far
as the eye could see.
The presence of bathrooms for every
bedroom was a rarity in houses of Vander
bilfs day. Hot water, heated in a radiator,
was pumped through pipes to each shower,
which shows the advanced planning of
Vanderbilfs mansion. Electricity was the
first heating resource," followed by coal. In
1974, during the first energy crisis, the
Biltmore House converted to oil. However,
the house used 60 gallons of oil per hour and
it cost $100,000 a year to heat the house.
Plans are now underway to use natural
resources as a mode of heating the house.
Anyone touring the house gets the idea
that Vanderbilt must have been a family
man because of the many portraits of each
of his family members throughout the
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house. In addition, he paid to have pictures
painted of Hunt and Olmsted in appreci
ation of their work.
Acoms, which are the most important
symbol in the Vanderbilt Coat of Arms, can
be spotted throughout the House to signify
the importance of the preservation of the
The gardens immediately adjoining the
house are quite remarkable. The square
flower beds within the Walled Garden are
replanted three times; first, with tulips, then
summer bedding plants, and finally with fall
chyrsanthemums. The flowers are known for'
their beauty in the spring and early summer.
The lower half of this area houses the
Rose Garden with 3,000 of the finest variety
of roses. These flowers are used for daily
decoration of the house In the spring, the
azalea garden blooms to ethereal beauty.
Greenhouses are also used to house plants
from all over the world.
After a tour through the garden's of the
Biltmore Estate, Deerpark Restaurant invites
you to try the Continental cuisine along with
the pastoral setting of the open-air restau
rant and surrounding court .
Biltmore Dairy Farms, Inc., run by George
Cecil, has become a leading dairy business
estabishment in the South. His brother,
William, manages the Estate. There is also
an ever increasing interest by the Biltmore
Company to grpw and produce grapes to
develop and expand several acres into a
winery. Biltmore's winery was bonded in
1977 but efforts are continuing for expan
If you are ever near Asheville, take time
to explore the magnificence of Biltmore
House and Gardens. It is truly the master
piece of its time. . .a far away place that's
not far away. ' .
Tammy Davis is a staff writer for The Daily
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