Friday, April 1, 2011

Biltmore Estate Grand Staircase

                                (click on postcard to enlarge)      Copyright 1983, The Biltmore Co.

The Biltmore Estate is the largest privately-owned home in the United States.
Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II beginning in 1889, it was completed
in 1895.  He hired Frederick Law Olmsted to design the grounds and the gardens.
Olmsted, who also designed New York's Central Park, is known as "the father of
American landscape architecture".  Biltmore is located near Asheville, North Carolina.

The Festival of Flowers starts on April 2nd and runs until May 15, 2011.


                              This postcard is postmarked April 27, 1991:

             Hi,  We're on a trip!  Stayed at a golf club near Waynesville,
             N.C. Tuesday, and played 18 holes Wednesday a.m.  Then to
             Asheville and Biltmore.  The azaleas and dogwood are spec-
             tacular!...  T.T.F.N.    Love, R.&B.

                                               -sent to relatives in Kalamazoo, Michigan

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