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Toy Models of Biltmore House and the Lodge Gate

Posted on 05/21/2017 by Amy Dangelico

This summer, Biltmore is hosting a number exciting, limited-time displays, including a Toy Model of Biltmore House as well as a Toy Model of Lodge Gate, designed and built by members of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Lego User Group.

At 3 ½ feet tall and almost 10 feet long, the model of America’s largest home is, of course, the bigger of the two. Creator Mark Stephens spent more than 600 hours piecing together about 50,000 toy bricks to create the Biltmore House replica. This model is on display in the Wine Shop in Antler Hill Village.

Though not as large, the Lodge Gate replica is certainly impressive in its own right. About 3,700 of its total 6,525 toy bricks are “cheese wedge” pieces, strategically placed to recreate the iconic arch-shape and texture of the historic structure’s roof. Creator Sean Lehmkuhl spent 175 hours on this replica, which is on display in Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate.

Discover these unique works of art—perfect for kids of all ages—from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Be sure to also check out the Vanderbilt Travels Railway, an outdoor model train exhibit highlighting the travels of George Vanderbilt, located in Antler Hill Village.

Feature Image: Toy Model of Biltmore House as viewed from the west side

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