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Black and white capture in the midst of a storm…
“Biltmore House” in Asheville, NC

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The History of America’s Largest Home:

Building Biltmore was, at the time, one of the largest undertakings in the history of American residential architecture and the results were astounding. Over a six-year period, an entire community of craftsmen worked to build the country’s premier home. The estate boasted its own brick factory, woodworking shop, and a three-mile railway spur for transporting materials to the site.

A New World Château
The celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt modeled the house on three châteaux built in 16th-century France. It would feature 4 acres of floor space, 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. The basement alone would house a swimming pool, gymnasium and changing rooms, bowling alley, servants’ quarters, kitchens, and more.

An Environmental Wonder
The grounds of the 125,000-acre estate were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the creator of New York’s Central Park and the father of American landscape architecture. He not only developed acres of gardens and parkland, but in his efforts to protect the environment and reclaim over-farmed land, Olmsted established America’s first managed forest.

A True Family Home
George Vanderbilt officially opened the home to friends and family on Christmas Eve in 1895. He had created a country retreat where he could pursue his passion for art, literature, and horticulture. After marrying the American Edith Stuyvesant Dresser (1873–1958) in Paris during the summer of 1898, George and his new bride came to live at the estate. Their only child, Cornelia (1900–1976), was born and grew up at Biltmore.

By:
Terri~Lynn

Comments

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...about 6 years ago

    WOW LOVE THIS IN B&W!!!!! great work T!!!!!!!!

  • thanks Jeffrey!!! :)

    – Terri~Lynn Bealle

  • dpennyor
    dpennyorabout 6 years ago

    AWESOME teri!! love it!!

  • thanks sweetie!!! Glad you like it; I wasn’t sure if anybody would…

    – Terri~Lynn Bealle

  • cougarfan
    cougarfanabout 6 years ago

    Oooooooooooooooooooo I Love:))))))))))))))))) Excellent:)

  • thanks Trena!!! :)))))

    – Terri~Lynn Bealle

  • Anibal
    Anibalabout 6 years ago

    looks like draculas lair….ohhhh.. i like it!

  • thanks Anibal ; ) yeah, I can see that! I had so many titles for this one… it gives off such a spookiness to it~

    – Terri~Lynn Bealle

  • dpennyor
    dpennyorabout 6 years ago

    are you kidding??? it’s fantastic!!

  • thanks for your feedback Dennis; I really appreciate it!!!

    – Terri~Lynn Bealle

  • Angel Warda
    Angel Wardaabout 6 years ago

    fab. love the mood of the photo!

  • thanks Angel!!

    – Terri~Lynn Bealle

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    very impressive work

  • thanks Antanas! Tell me what you would title this one, just curious ; ) I had so many titles in my head for this one… sometimes I can’t think of one, LOL!

    – Terri~Lynn Bealle

  • Catlew
    Catlewabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic B & W, looks mystical, love it!!!

  • thanks; I thought I’d try something different than my norm…

    – Terri~Lynn Bealle

  • lefty1
    lefty1about 6 years ago

    awesome b/w shot, the sky is fantastic!

  • thanks so much John!!!

    – Terri~Lynn Bealle

  • Smudger
    Smudgerabout 6 years ago

    this is excellent

  • thank you Steve!!!

    – Terri~Lynn Bealle

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