biltmore estate

Asheville, North Carolina


Originally posted on dhelix33:

My wife and I traveled up to the Blue Ridge Mountains to share in a wedding celebration of dear friends in early Sept. 2013. Beautiful ceremony, good food and dancing fun after the wedding.

We also took a tour of the Biltmore House – it was very large…George Washington Vanderbilt II purchased a tract of 125,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina in 1889. His immediate plan was to begin building a massive 16th-century French chateau-style home as the primary residence for him, his wife and their daughter. It would be the most elaborate residential architectural project in American history, and would take six years and 1,000 men to complete.

The mansion became a place for Vanderbilt to continue his studies in forestry and farming. The estate has remained the largest private home in the United States and has intrigued tourists, who have made it the…

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Virtua’s New Health and Wellness Center


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Architecural photography of Virtua’s new Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. Designed by Stantec Architecture Inc.

Designed to be the premier source of health and wellness services, the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown represents an approach that is geared toward keeping people healthy and helping those who are not so healthy better manage their conditions.

Falling Water


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Location Mill Run, PA, USA

Client The Kaufmann Family, Pittsburg, PA

Architects Frank Lloyd Wright Incorporated, New York

Building 1936 – 1939

General Contractor: staff engineers: Mendel Glickman and William Wesley Peters

Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence is a house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The home was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of Stewart TownshipFayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.

Hailed by Time shortly after its completion as Wright’s “most beautiful job”,[3] it is listed among Smithsonians Life List of 28 places “to visit before you die.”[4] It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.[2] In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects named the house the “best all-time work of American architecture” and in 2007, it was ranked twenty-ninth on the list of America’s Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.

Photography by Louis Dallara

Château de Versailles Castle – France


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Location Château deVersailles, France

Client Charte de l’abbaye Saint-Père de Chartres

Architects Philibert Le Roy

Building 1624

The first building campaign (1664–1668) commenced with the Plaisirs de l’Île enchantée of 1664, a fête that was held between 7 and 13 May 1664. The fête was ostensibly given to celebrate the two queens of France – Anne of Austria, the Queen Mother, and Marie-Thérèse, Louis XIV’s wife, but in reality honored the king’s mistress, Louise de La Vallière. The celebration of the Plaisirs de l’Île enchantée is often regarded as a prelude to the War of Devolution, which Louis waged against Spain. The first building campaign (1664–1668) involved alterations in the château and gardens to accommodate the 600 guests invited to the party (Nolhac, 1899, 1901; Marie, 1968; Verlet, 1985).

Photography by Louis Dallara

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