Saturday, June 09, 2007

Biltmore by the numbers

This is a huge house Kaila, David and I visited on our trip to North Carolina.


Here's a few interesting facts ("by the numbers") about the Biltmore Estate:

George Vanderbilt did everything on a grand scale. The largest home in America together with its vast estate adds up to some astounding numbers.

House:

  • 3
    • Kitchens
  • 3
    • Laundry rooms
  • 4
    • Acres of floor space
  • 15
    • Workrooms and pantries
  • 35
    • Guest and family bedrooms
  • 43
    • Bathrooms
  • More than 60
    • Staff rooms
  • 65
    • Fireplaces
  • 72
    • Light bulbs in the wrought iron chandelier over the Grand Staircase
  • 100
    • Feet per minute that the electric dumbwaiter would travel as it carried meals up from the Kitchen Pantry
  • 102
    • Steps on the Grand Staircase inside Biltmore House
  • 250
    • Rooms
  • 2,000
    • Square feet covered by the ceiling painting in the Library
  • More than 10,000
    • Books in the Library today (George Vanderbilt collected more than 23,000 in total)
  • 70,000
    • Gallons of water that filled the indoor swimming pool
Construction
  • 6
    • Years it took to build the house
  • 50
    • Cents earned each day by local laborers working on the house (stonecutters earned $4.00 a day, cabinetmakers earned between $2.25-$2.75; and carpenters earned $2.25 a day)
  • 32,000
    • Bricks produced each day by the onsite kiln for the construction of the house
People
  • 0
    • People who live in Biltmore House today
  • 3
    • Vanderbilts who lived in the house once George married and had a family
  • 40 to 50
    • Servants who normally lived and worked in the house
  • More than 1,500
    • People employed by Biltmore Estate today
  • 900,000
    • Guests who visit Biltmore Estate each year
Estate
  • 3
    • Miles in our "driveway" (the Approach Road to the house)
  • More than 100
    • Miles of trails in the estate today
  • 8,000
    • Acres that comprise the estate today
  • 125,000
    • Acres that comprised the estate in the 19th century
Winery
  • 80
    • Cows that could be milked in the milking parlor before it became the Tasting Room of our winery
  • Over 350
    • Number of awards Biltmore wines have won
  • 300
    • Tons of grapes that are picked by hand each year in our vineyards
  • 140,000
    • Cases of wine produced each year by our winery Gardens
  • 250
    • Acres of landscaped gardens
  • 2,300
    • Roses in our Rose Garden
  • Approx. 1,000
    • Azaleas in the Azalea Garden

3 comments:

The Goldman Family said...

wow! #1 im leaving a comm. before Dess.#2 Thats a really big house.
#3 (and most importantly) YOUR HOME.

The Goldman Family said...

oh yea!
-XeLa

Destiny Kruse said...

Wow... that's just... I don't know what to say. They had a big house!!! I wish I could have gone. I'm glad You, Kaila and David had a good time.
-Destiny

P.S Hey ALEX, I'm so happy that you finally got to leave a comment before me:) Haha!!!