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Two matching polygonal towers in the center are connected to the polygonal south turret by an open loggia that open the main rooms of the house to the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
The loggia is decorated overhead with terracotta tiles set in a herringbone pattern.
The self-supporting ceramic tile vault and arch system was used extensively inside and outside of Biltmore, and was patented by Rafael Guastavino, a Spanish architect and engineer, that personally supervised the installation.
The limestone columns were carved to reflect the sunlight in aesthetically pleasing and varied ways per Vanderbilt's wish.
The large gargoyles are purely decoration instead of their normal use to direct water away from a building.
We would ask you all to follow the chat room rules - No one under 18 is allowed on this site! operates a strict logging policy in which all chat room activity is logged 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Louis and Joan of Arc by the Austrian born architectural sculptor, Karl Bitter.The south facade has the smallest dimensions for the house and is dominated by three large dormers on the east side and a polygonal turret on the west side.Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Châteauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 18 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space (135,280 square feet) of living area).Still owned by one of Vanderbilt's descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age.