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Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore House Estate, 1902, Historic Photo

Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore House Estate, 1902, historic photo

An historic 1902 photo view of the Biltmore House Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. The Biltmore House was built as a private residence by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1896. This is the largest privately owned home in the United States with a total of more than 178,000 square feet or over four acres of floor space. Included are 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. The estate originally consisted of 125,000 acres of surrounding land but due to sales of portions of the land, the estate now consists of over 8,000 acres. The Biltmore House Estate, including the home and the grounds, is now open to the public for tours (fee).

The home is included on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places and has also been recognized as a U. S. National Historic Landmark since 1964.

This photo is by photographer William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co., 1902. At the time this photo was taken, much of the home was less than ten years old.

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