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Historic Preservation

Preserving Our Past, Ensuring Our Future

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, is a National Historic Landmark featuring America’s Largest Home® designed by Richard Morris Hunt, with surrounding landscapes created by Frederick Law Olmsted.

Preservation efforts include maintaining the 250-room home and its magnificent collections, plus 8,000 acres of carefully managed gardens, forests, farmlands, wildlife habitats, and original estate structures.

From estate admission tickets and Annual Passes to Biltmore wines, overnight accommodations, dining, shopping, and more, your purchases contribute to our mission of preservation. Thank you for being part of an ongoing story.

 

Preservation in Action

The Hemlock hedge bordering the Italian Garden was removed and replanted with American Holly cuttings taken from an original hedge in the Walled Garden, preserving Olmsted's design intent.

Preservation work is underway in both the Smoking Room and Gun Room (shown here) to return them to their appearance during the Vanderbilt era.

Beautiful and ornate, the Banquet Hall's chandeliers were recently inspected as part of an assessment of major architectural elements in Biltmore House.

Rosita, by Spanish painter Ignacio Zuloaga (1870–1945), was recently conserved to restore its original appearance. The painting is displayed in the hallway adjacent to the Louis XV Suite.

The Winery clock tower features an original clock that was once an integral feature of Biltmore’s dairy operation. The clock is currently undergoing restoration.

George Vanderbilt purchased The Waltz by Swedish artist Anders Zorn (1860–1920) at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Displayed in the Second Floor Living Hall, this painting was conserved in 2024.

One of the two small islands that Frederick Law Olmsted designed for the Bass Pond disappeared over time. Our landscaping crews used Olmsted’s original notes to restore the feature in 2022.

In a two-year multi-step process, Asheville artist Alex Irvine re-created Woman Reading with Dog, an outdoor sculpture on the Library Terrace. Due to age and exposure, the original terracotta piece had deteriorated and was moved into storage.

One of two massive lanterns in front of Deerpark Restaurant. The pair once graced the New York City home of George Vanderbilt’s father and have recently been restored to their original appearance.

Preservation Spotlight: Stable Courtyard

One of several Biltmore Preservation Stories available for viewing, Brick by Brick: Restoring Biltmore’s Stable Courtyard offers an inside look at the planning and completion this large-scale special project.

 

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