December 24, 2010

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate



Growing up in North Carolina, having the Biltmore Estate at my fingertips has provided a source of inspiration many times over.  Considered the largest residential project of its' time and spanning the course of six years, architect Richard Morris Hunt and a bevy of craftsman worked to build the country's premier estate.  On the property itself was a brick factory, woodworking shop, and a three mile railway to transport in materials to the site.  Inspired by various French chateaus, the residence boasts four acres of floor space, 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 53 fireplaces. The grounds of the 125,000 acre estate was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for which you're probably more familiar with another project of his, Central Park in New York City.

The estate served as a country residence for the Vanderbilt family and it was on Christmas Eve 1895 that George Vanderbilt officially opened the home to friends and family; therefore, it only seems fitting to share the wonder and beauty of Biltmore on this joyous day.

Many warm memories of laughter, love, and happiness this holiday season!










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