Thursday Biltmore Doors

The Biltmore House was the family home for George and Edith Vanderbilt and their daughter Cornelia. It took six years to build this grand home and it was on Christmas Eve, 1895, the family moved in. Today, fourth and fifth generation Vanderbilt descendants remain part of the daily operations of this 8,000 + acre tourist spot. My girlfriends and I spent the better part of a day on the grounds touring the home, walking the gardens and visiting the nearby winery. The Biltmore has 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms with 250 rooms overall. You know what that means? An oasis of doors!!!! I was dizzy at the end of our day but will share a few of my doors here –

main entrance
Wood doors with glass and iron seen frequently throughout house.


Hidden door!
Door through a door…
Kitchen door
Dumbwaiter door
Large glass door, inside
Loggia glass doors




These final two photos are views from either side of some rather versatile doors. They line the spiral stairway we climbed to reach each of the three floors of the house. The doors were used as a means of ventilation by opening or closing to adjust to rising or falling temperatures. Due to lighting it was difficult to capture the interior details of the doors lining the stairway but you can appreciate each individual door on the exterior shot.


To read more about the Biltmore House and Estate, read here. And to see more doors from around the world visit Norm and his Thursday Door followers! We’ve never met a door we didn’t like…


    • It was quite a day…and I liked the fact that Vanderbilt was a practical man who valued efficiency so had many items in his home that helped work go faster….reminded me a bit of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello.


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