Biltmore Estate, The Vanderbilts, Gilded Age

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Biltmore Estate was the brainchild of George Vanderbilt. What caused him to build a 175,000 square foot house containing 250 rooms, a library, 2 bowling alleys and an indoor pool? The author, Denise Kiernan gives insight to what drove George Vanderbilt, the family and other historical figures of the Gilded Age. While the book is rich in historical facts and research, it equally delves into the lives of the people and community. A fascinating read that will bring to life a house, a family, a period and a community. Because of changing social mores, and impractical living, Biltmore soon became an expense the Vanderbilts could no longer afford. Read the book to find out how it was saved.