Behind the Biltmore Estate: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Largest Home
Think you already know everything there is to learn about Biltmore? Read on to learn some fascinating facts about the iconic North Carolina estate.
1. Asheville can thank France for the design of its popular tourist attraction. When George Vanderbilt began building his dream home in Asheville in 1889, he envisioned a French Renaissance chateau that intertwined architectural features of 16th-century castles he had seen in the Loire Valley of France.
“George Vanderbilt was an avid traveler. During his lifetime, he crossed the Atlantic 60 times in his lifetime, says Darren Poupore, chief curator of the Biltmore Estate. “When plans [for the house] were being discussed, he went to Europe with his architect to gain inspiration. The result was Biltmore – an American expression of those grand European estates that is truly an American design.”