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Biltmore Gardens Railway: A Structural Comparison

Posted on 07/07/2019 by Amy Dangelico Comments(4)

This summer, the Conservatory is transformed into a wonderland of creativity. Discover Biltmore Gardens Railway, featuring miniature estate landmark replicas made of all-natural materials gathered from Biltmore’s grounds. Let’s take an up-close look at the attention to detail paid to the recreations of these historic structures.

Lodge Gate archival image fading into recreationImage 1: Photograph of the Lodge Gate from George Vanderbilt's collection, ca. 1900
Image 2: Applied Imagination’s recreation, on display in the Conservatory’s Exhibition Room

About the Lodge Gate Recreation

  • Materials collected from the estate: horse chestnut, magnolia leaves, pine bark, hickory nuts, lotus pods, contorted Filbert, bamboo, winged bean, pine cone scales, and acorn caps
  • Dimensions: 28”x22”x15”
  • Time to complete: 275+ hours

Conservatory archival image fading into recreationImage 1: Photograph of the Conservatory from George Vanderbilt's collection, ca. 1910
Image 2: Applied Imagination’s recreation, on display in the Conservatory’s Orchid Room

About the Conservatory Recreation

  • Materials collected from the estate: horse chestnut, pine bark, anise, honeysuckle, ash, winged euonymus, contorted Filbert, and oak bark
  • Dimensions: 21”x52”x14”
  • Time to complete: 350+ hours

Biltmore House archival image fading into recreationImage 1: Photograph of Biltmore House from George Vanderbilt's collection, ca. 1910
Image 2: Applied Imagination’s recreation, on display in the Conservatory’s Palm House

About the Biltmore House Recreation

  • Materials collected from the estate: baby acorns, acorn caps, star anise, pine cone, contorted Filbert, grapevine, honeysuckle, eucalyptus leaves, bamboo, ash bark, oak bark, and elm bark
  • Dimensions: 66”x122”x55”
  • Time to complete: 1700+ hours

Experience the enchantment of Biltmore Gardens Railway now through September 29, 2019. Plan your visit today!

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Posted on 08/18/2019 By Debi T

Loved the trains but can't believe you would remove them especially in the conservatory display.

Posted on 08/13/2019 By Sheila S

So delightful, we are so happy that we were able to enjoy the trains and all the displays. So much beautiful work. Thanks so much for this opportunity

Posted on 08/13/2019 By Debbie A

Wonderful exhibit! I have been back more than once just to see and photograph this display.

Posted on 07/10/2019 By Melinda H

Absolutely Stunning! I love how you guys keep the history alive.