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Lady on the hill : how Biltmore Estate became an American icon / Howard E. Covington, Jr.

Available copies

  • 62 of 69 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Henderson County Public Library.

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2 current holds with 69 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Etowah Branch 975.688 C (Text) 33258005163436 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Henderson Main Branch NC 975.688 C (Text) 33258009839544 Adult Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0471758183
  • ISBN: 9780471758181
  • Physical Description: xvi, 331 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, [2006]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A centennial celebration -- George Vanderbilt's dream -- Edith Vanderbilt -- Judge Adams -- The National Gallery's wartime vault -- A curiosity or a treasure -- The airport fight -- Homecoming -- Mr. C -- The music room -- Presentation versus preservation -- Voice in the wilderness -- "Be reasonable--do it my way" -- Biltmore by the bottle -- Putting it right -- Lady on the hill -- Afterword / by William A.V. Cecil.
Summary, etc.:
"It is the epitome of Gilded Age splendor: the largest private home ever built in the United States, a French chateau graced with more than 50,000 priceless furnishings and objets d'art, set in an enchanting rural paradise, designed by America's foremost nineteenth-century landscape architect. A National Historic Landmark, George Vanderbilt's dream home welcomes visitors to experience its glorious past as well as its exciting future. Once described by David Rockefeller as a "white elephant," what makes Biltmore Estate as popular a destination as Monticello, Mount Vernon, and Colonial Williamsburg?" "Lady on the Hill tells the inspiring story of the thirty-five-year effort to restore this fading beauty to her former glory - all without a penny of government funding or outside foundation grants. Central to this true-life tale of rebirth against the odds is George Vanderbilt's grandson William A.V. Cecil, a well-mannered, highly educated man who, when caught up in an idea, becomes a whirling dervish, generating enough energy and enthusiasm to motivate everyone around him. And, according to author Howard Covington Jr., Cecil gets a week's worth of ideas before he's done with his Monday morning shave." "In the late 1950s, attorneys, financial managers, and tax accountants were united in advising Cecil and his brother, George, to sell off the estate's 12,000 acres in order to create a suburban subdivision. Cecil quietly ignored this advice and came up with a better idea: over the next four decades, he would turn this down-at-the-heels mansion that was a drain on the family business into the most successful, privately preserved historic site in the United States, perhaps even the world." "Cecil succeeded beyond even his wildest dreams. Not only did he raise the money needed to begin and continue a painstaking, decades-long restoration of the house itself, but he also achieved a goal that even his grandfather had found elusive. He made Biltmore Estate a self-sustaining, working enterprise that included a vibrant tourist destination, a working winery and vineyard, and a farming operation; employed hundreds of people; and attracted hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy every year."--Jacket.
Subject: Cecil, William A. V.
Biltmore Estate (Asheville, N.C.) > History.
Mansions > Conservation and restoration > North Carolina > Asheville.
Historic buildings > Conservation and restoration > North Carolina > Asheville.
Asheville (N.C.) > Buildings, structures, etc.
Genre: History.

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