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Decorating for Christmas at America’s largest Gilded Age mansion

The Biltmore estate does it big Welcome back to Period Dramas, a weekly column that alternates between rounding up historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures. On Christmas Day in 1895, George Washington Vanderbilt welcomed the first guests to his new county estate. But Biltmore wasn’t just any residence: at 250 rooms and 175,000 square feet, the Richard Morris Hunt-designed mansion was the largest house in America.
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