10 Largest Homes in the United States

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The ten largest homes in the United States by square foot that were built before 1950. All of these mansions are open to the public except for the one owned by the public.

These are the ten largest homes in the United States by square footage that were built before 1950. All ten of these mansion homes are big tourist attractions today that collectively receive over 5 million visitors annually. Ironically the only largest home on the list that is not currently open to the public is the only home owned by the public.

The locations of some of these largest homes in the United States might be a surprise to many. How many people know that North Carolina is where the largest home in America is located or that the two smallest states in the United States, Rhode Island and Delaware, are home to three of the biggest homes in the United States built before 1950?

1) The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina 

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The Biltmore Estate is an incredible 250 rooms spread out over 175,000 square feet that is located in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. The Biltmore Estate was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II who employed architect Richard Morris Hunt and construction took place from 1889 to 1895 in the French Chateau style. Today the Biltmore Estate is a huge tourist attraction with over 1 million visitors annually.

2) Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York 

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Oheka Castle is a 107,000 square foot home with 127 rooms located in Huntington, New York on the Gold Coast of Long Island. Oheka Castle was built by financier Otto Hermann Kahn who employed the architecture firm of Delano and Aldrich and construction took place from 1914-1919 in the French Chateau style. Today Oheka Castle operates as a luxury resort popular for weddings; Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers was married here in 2009 that also offers tours to the public.

3) Winterthur in Delaware 

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Winterthur is a 96,582 square foot mansion home located in Winterthur, Delaware. Winterthur was built by Henry Francis du Pont in the late 1800's in Manor style. Today Winterthur is a museum and gardens open to the public that receives some 170,000 annual visitors.

4) Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills, Michigan 

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Meadow Brook Hall is a 110 room 88,000 square foot house located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Meadow Brook Hall was built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of car maker John Francis Dodge, from 1926 to 1929 in the Tudor Revival style. Today Meadow Brook Hall is a museum open to the public and also is available for weddings. Rapper Eminem remarried his ex-wife here in 2006 only to divorce again in 3 months.

5) The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island 

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The Breakers is 65,000 square feet large with 70 rooms located in beautiful Newport Beach, Rhode Island. The Breakers was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, older brother of George Washington Vanderbilt II who built the Biltmore Estate, who employed the same architect as his younger brother Richard Morris Hunt and construction took place from 1893 to 1895 in the Italian Renaissance style. Today the Breakers is a big tourist attraction with over 300,000 annual visitors.

6) Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio 

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Stan Hywet Hall is a 65 room 64,500 square foot estate located in Akron, Ohio. Stan Hywet means "stone quarry" in Old English and this huge home was built by Frank Augustus Seiberling who was the founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Stan Hywet Hall was built from 1912 to 1915 using architect Charles Sumner Schneider's design in the Tudor Revival style. Today Stan Hywet Hall is a museum open to the public.

7) Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California 

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Though not the largest home on this list, the Hearst Castle is probably the most famous home on the list of largest homes in the United States. Hearst Castle is 60,645 square feet large and was built by media mogul William Randolph Hearst from 1919 to 1947 and designed by architect Julia Morgan. Hearst Castle is a huge tourist attraction today.

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8) Whitehall in Palm Beach, Florida 

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Whitehall is a 55 room 60,000 square foot home located in Palm Beach, Florida. Whitehall was built by oil tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler in 1902 in the Beaux Art style. Today this huge mansion is a museum open to the public known as the Flagler Museum.

9) The White House in Washington, DC  

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The White House is one of the most famous homes in the world and is 55,000 square feet large with 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, 412 doors and 147 windows spread out over 6 floors including two basements. Even the location of the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC is famous. The White House was built in Georgian style by Irish architect James Hoban and used to be very open to the public throughout most of its long history but is no longer open for tours due to security concerns.

10) Nemours Mansion in Wilmington, Delaware 

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The Nemours Mansion is 70 rooms large spread out over 46,000 square feet and is located in Wilmington, Delaware. Nemours was built by Alfred I. du Pont from 1909-1910 in Louis IV architectural style. Today the Nemours Mansion and beautiful garden grounds are open to the public.

For more see 12 Beautiful Famous Castles in Canada, 19 Beautiful Famous Castles in Pennsylvania and Beauitful Famous Historic Homes in North Carolina.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largest_Historic_Homes_in_the_United_States

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