America's Largest Home: Biltmore Estate By The Numbers

By | October 4, 2018

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The Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America, built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, is one of area's major tourist draws as viewed on October 20, 2016 in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

America’s largest private home, the Biltmore Estate, was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in Asheville, North Carolina. Now open to the public and a popular tourist attraction, the once-private home to one of the country’s wealthiest families is a shining example of the opulence of the Gilded Age. Let’s take a brief tour of the Biltmore Estate by the numbers. 

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The house was built during the time period 1889-1895.

In the early 1880s, George Washington Vanderbilt II, the youngest of William Henry Vanderbilt’s sons, began to spend time in Asheville with his mother. He loved the area so much that he decided to build a summer home there. He decided to call his new house “Biltmore”, taking the ending of his last name “Vanderbilt” and combining it with an old English word for open spaces, ‘more’. Originally, Biltmore Estate was a bachelor pad and Vanderbilt lived there alone for three years before he married.