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Here is the famous Biltmore Etate, known as America's castle. It was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II and this became his purpose in life. He put less and less time into family and business matters to build this house. It's where most of his inheritance millions went towards.

Vanderbilt's idea was to replicate the working estates of Europe. He commissioned Richard Morris Hunt, who had previously designed houses for various family members, to design the house in imitation of several Loire Valley chateaux, including the Chateau de Blois.

A bit of trivia: In 1912 George and Edith Vanderbilt booked passage on the Titanic but canceled due to a premonition of Mrs. Vanderbilt's mother. It was too late for them to get their servant and baggage off the ship; both were lost when the Titanic sank.

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