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Biltmore Estate: The Most Distinguished Private Place

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"The most distinguished private place" - that is how, in 1893, the great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted described Biltmore Estate, perhaps the most ambitious private building project of America's Gilded Age. It was only five years earlier that George Washington Vanderbilt purchased the first parcel of what would become his 125,000-acre estate in Asheville, North ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 15th 1994 by Rizzoli
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Matthew
Aug 17, 2014 Matthew rated it liked it
I enjoyed learning a bit more detail about the Biltmore Estate, however, I felt the book left me wanting more. While it certainly did a good job recapping the construction details of the home it didn't provide very much details of the interior. Specifically I was hoping for more of a walking tour of the home or floor plan of everything that was put into a house with so many rooms.
Jane
Dec 08, 2008 Jane rated it really liked it
A dear friend moved to North Carolina a year ago, so this seemed like a good book to read with an eye toward a future visit. Whether or not you know anyone in the area, it's really entertaining, especially for anyone interested in design and construction. The illustrations were good, but I'd have loved to see more.
Peggy Graves
Sep 10, 2014 Peggy Graves rated it really liked it
I work there. It's the most wonderful job in the world. And this book greatly added to my knowledge of this wonderful Estate.
I've already begun to add some of the info from this book into my presentation during the Architects Tour.
Wonderful, informative read.
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Really interesting look at the work that went into making this beautiful home.
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