Lady on the Hill: How Biltmore Estate Became an American Icon

Lady on the Hill How Biltmore Estate Became an American Icon What William Cecil has accomplished at Bilt Estate is one of the great preservation success stories of all time He has set a high standard for what all historic house museums strive for magnificently

  • Title: Lady on the Hill: How Biltmore Estate Became an American Icon
  • Author: Howard E. Covington Jr. Biltmore Company
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  • Page: 304
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  • What William Cecil has accomplished at Bilt Estate is one of the great preservation success stories of all time He has set a high standard for what all historic house museums strive for magnificently preserved buildings and grounds, engaging interpretation, and perhaps most challenging of all economic self sufficiency It is no surprise that Bilt Estate is wid What William Cecil has accomplished at Bilt Estate is one of the great preservation success stories of all time He has set a high standard for what all historic house museums strive for magnificently preserved buildings and grounds, engaging interpretation, and perhaps most challenging of all economic self sufficiency It is no surprise that Bilt Estate is widely recognized as one of America s finest places to visit Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Bilt is a glorious national historic landmark that, through creative vision and entrepreneurial management, preserves and provides insight into a way of life in the early 1900s Bill is the imaginative and multifaceted leader who has built this great monument to enrich his community George and I admire his dedication and success George and Abby Rockefeller O Neill Bill Cecil and his team at Bilt Estate have sure proved that they know how to build a successful business They did it the old fashioned way embrace a bold idea that others said could not be done and through commitment, determination, and hard work bring it to life Their achievement against the odds is inspiring, and their vision and perseverance are valuable lessons to us all Don Logan, Chairman, Media Communications Group, Time Warner If George Vanderbilt did nothing than engage the two most prominent and storied designers of their time, architect Richard Morris Hunt and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, to carry out his vision of a European estate in the southern Appalachians, he would have created an American icon The beauty of the method by which the estate was executed and, even today, the meticulous attention to detail, in the presentation and care of the estate by William Cecil, have brought history to life Gary J Walters, Chief Usher, The White House

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    1. Book ReviewI read Lady on the Hill: How Biltmore Estate Became an American Icon by Howard E. Covington Jr. over the last two weeks, absorbing a few chapters each night to reminisce over my stay at the beautiful estate last September. I miss it and want to go back right now, but alas, a short book review will have to do.It's a 3.5 star read for me -- a good account of the transition of the estate from what it originated as through what it became in early 2000. I don't often read non-fiction unles [...]

    2. Biltmore buffs will no doubt enjoy this detailed story of how George Vanderbilt's great estate has managed to survive as a privately owned historic house museum for the past 80-odd years. Downton Abbey fans will likely have some familiarity with the challenges of keeping a massive estate afloat; the fact that Biltmore has survived (and thrived) is indeed a testament to the tenacity and business savvy of William Cecil, and this book demonstrates that quite clearly. An interesting read for those w [...]

    3. The book doesn't immerse the reader in the house and grounds. The reader doesn't get to know George Washington Vanderbilt particularly, and only gets to know William Cecil by watching the results of his single, driving ambition. This quick read is laser focused on Biltmore as a business. If that's what you want, you will enjoy.

    4. The fascinating story of the survival and preservation of the largest private residence in America. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Biltmore Estate, or in the preservation of national historic landmarks. The book starts with enough historical background of George W. Vanderbilt and the construction of the house to provide context, but is mostly concerned with the efforts of William Cecil, Vanderbilt's grandson, to preserve the house, improve it, and keep it in private hands. As so [...]

    5. This was a really interesting read! I learned more about the historic preservation and business end of Biltmore, and not just about the architecture and landscaping end of things. The author also included the splitting of the house and the dairy businesses, and the development of the wintery. I'd hoped to have this book finished before our visit to Biltmore last December, but still a very interesting read.

    6. Rome wasn't built in a day and the Biltmore House didn't just happen. I appreciated this story so much because I work in the House as a Host/Guide. It's a magnificent place to work and a fabulous company for whom to work. Now I appreciate it so much more knowing the full story.

    7. This is a fascinating read about the struggle to maintain the largest private home in the U.S. At turns, I was impressed. At other turns, I was a bit dismayed by the commercialism. George Vanderbilt was a wealthy bachelor when he built Biltmore. I didn't know that the beautiful Mrs. Vanderbilt's bedroom originally belonged to his mother - not his wife. I also had wondered why he left the music room unfinished during his lifetime since it's a main room on the first floor of the house. The book is [...]

    8. Good overview and history of the Biltmore Estate, not only its inception and construction, but it’s transformation and endurance as a major tourist attraction. You’ll learn a few fun behind the scenes stories and more about the Vanderbilt family. The only thing I didn’t enjoy about this book was the sustained and repeated argument that private preservation is better than government-directed. This may be true in Bilmtore’s case, but it’s certainly not true for every historic home, and t [...]

    9. Read this book if you are ineterested in one of these things; The Biltmore House, Asheville NC, he Vanderbilts, or historical preservation. Find out how the family and kept the estate together while others could not. Being at the edge of the Great Smokey mountains- we have been gonig to the Biltmore from East Tennessee for ever. A easy 1 1/2 hour drive from knoxville makes for the perfect day trip.

    10. We visited Biltmore recently, and my interest was piqued, so I got this book to read about it. I have to say that I enjoyed it, even though it is not the type of thing that I usually read. I was really impressed with the determination & perseverance of William Cecil to preserve this wonderful historical treasure for future generations.

    11. Expected this book to be kind of dry and full of boring details. Not so. Very interesting account of Biltmore, her families and the transitions over the years. But, a lot about the love she receives.

    12. Thorough and interesting book about the Biltmore estate and how William Cecil transformed it into a profitable tourist destination. I love the Biltmore house and this was the perfect read to learn more about the people that made it a success!

    13. Interesting but a lot or repeated info throughout and not as much on what went into actually building Biltmore.

    14. This was given to me as a gift from my father who visited Biltmore during a trip he took to North Carolina. I will say that I originally planned on giving this book a three-star rating, and when I first received the book as a gift I wasn't sure what to expect because of how different it is than my preferred genre of reading. In the end, I decided to push aside my personal bias and rate this book based on my opinion of its merit, as opposed to my personal interest. I did not expect that parts of [...]

    15. While having an extended stay in the mountains of western North Carolina, I began reading this book in advance of our visit to the Biltmore. Covington does a good job of weaving the fabric of the Vanderbilt-Cecil family history. The early chapters present the lives of George and Edith Vanderbilt and discuss the construction and furnishing of the chateau. With this background, the audio tour at the chateau really came to life - paintings, tapestries, specific rooms I had read about were now right [...]

    16. Very interesting read. There are a lot of books about how Biltmore came to exist. This is the only one I found that tells how Biltmore survived. Through hard work, creativity and perseverance, Willimam Cecil, his family, and dedicated employees transformed what was a curiosity in Western North Carolina to the travel and tourism machine it is today, and helped turn Ashville from a little town to a destination hot spot. This book could be used as an education for leaders in other industries for ho [...]

    17. The thing I really like about this book is that it gives you details about the Biltmore history that aren't necessarily told at the actual house. The book gives you the real story of financial struggle and details of how each family member dealt with this massive responsibility. Whereas, at the home itself, it feels like they are selling more of an image of what the home was meant to be without telling you details that may look negative on the family - such as Cornelia Vanderbilt and John Cecil [...]

    18. This is a really interesting read. It is definitely pro-Biltmore, but despite the author's obvious bias toward the family, the text seems fairly straightforward. It is great to hear something about the Biltmore House that doesn't have to do with George V, Olmstead, and Hunt. Not that those men weren't interesting, but much has been written about their accomplishments. This book's emphasis on the 20th century lives of those involved with the house (the politics, personalities, etc.) makes for a f [...]

    19. An enjoyable jaunt through the Vanderbilt genius for tourism and passion for the restoration and upkeep of Asheville's French chateau. Having been in the field of tourism in the Carolinas, I appreciate William Cecil's keen focus to keep the Gilded age alive for us 21st centuryers. I now have an even higher regard for the treasure of Biltmore. This should be required (and enjoyable) reading for students majoring in tourism and for experts already on the field. Don't get me wrong; it doesn't read [...]

    20. I read this for my book club, and I thought it was an interesting read. I've toured Biltmore a couple of times, and enjoyed the experience, so it was neat to learn how the owners have built up the tourism business over the years. The author did focus so much on the business of running the house that I found it a bit dry at times. I would have been interested to read more about the Vanderbilt and Cecil families,or maybe some stories of things that happened at the house during its heyday, but sinc [...]

    21. The answer to the high admission prices at Biltmore lies within the pages of this tome! Apparently, it's really expensive to keep a big, old house looking presentable day after day.This book is fine. Nothing earth-shattering, no ghost stories, no secrets here. This is the story of how the largest privately held home came to be. The bulk of the focus is on William Cecil, the grandson of George Washington Vanderbilt (the man who built the house), and how he managed to put Biltmore Estate in the bl [...]

    22. This is a wonderful book about the history of the Biltmore Estate. It has less to do with the original era when George Vanderbilt was having it erected and Frederick Law Olmsted was designing the landscaping and more to do with George's grandson, William Cecil, who brought about the stunning place it is today. This is an especially good read for those of us with the Estate in our backyards and get to visit it whenever we like. I am so proud of what the Vanderbilt/Cecil family has done to make th [...]

    23. I found this to be a very interesting read about the history and evolution of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. It was interesting for me to learn about all of the trials and tribulations, and the time that it took to restore the estate. I also enjoyed learning about the part it took in helping the U.S. in World War II. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in history, preservation/restoration, and architecture.

    24. I really enjoyed this book. It was more about the Cecils and how they are running the Biltmore than the Vanderbilts life in the Biltmore. It was a new perspective that was still very interesting. I have the privelege of living in Asheville and have visited it quite often and continue to do so. They manage the estate, winery, Inn and 8,000 acres, very impressive. If you havent ever been to the Biltmore it is worth the trip!

    25. Excellent and Detailed ReviewThis is a detailed review of the journey from birth of one of the United States most incredible treasures, Biltmore Estate. The author takes you down the twists and turns of the planning, construction, collection of contents, and the preservation of a truly iconic heirloom. This is a stunning behind the scenes look of some of "our" history and what was for a very few in early 20th century America.

    26. Very interesting account of the way that descendants of George Vanderbilt, who built his Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC in 1895, have kept this beautiful, 250 room mansion and the estate grounds a preserved, self-sustaining historic house. It was particularly interesting because we had just visited Biltmore not a month ago.

    27. To be sure, Covington's treatment of the Biltmore Estate from its beginnings as a summer "cottage" to its role as a regional tourist destination is boosterish, but it does shed light on the debate raging in living history between preservation and interpretation. Well worth a read, especially if one is from North Carolina.

    28. If you love Biltmore like I do you will get caught up in this true story of the history of Biltmore and how it was in financial trouble over the years and how the family has pulled it out. The most intersting facts about Biltmore House is how the family at different times in the History would live in only sections of the house. Truly a great story of the saga of the Vanderbilts.

    29. Finished in 1895 Biltmore is a French chateau built by George Washington Vanderbilt on 12,000 acres outside Ashville, NC. It still stands today, the largest house ever built in America, open for tours. A fascinating history.

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