The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home The fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Bilt the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United StatesThe story of Bilt spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real life characters including F Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith WhartonOrphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York s best known families She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Bilt HouseBefore their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European style estate on , acres of North Carolina wilderness He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a , square foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Bilt and secure the future of the region and her husband s legacy The Last Castle is the uniquely American story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day ➷ [Reading] ➹ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen ➬ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk grandest residence ever built in the United StatesThe story of Bilt spans World Wars ❴KINDLE❵ ❆ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the Jazz Age ❮Reading❯ ➳ Good People in an Evil Time ➬ Author Svetlana Broz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the Depression [EPUB] ✵ On a Day Like This By Peter Stamm – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family ➫ [Ebook] ➦ Heart to Start By Derek Handley ➶ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and features a captivating cast of real life characters including F Scott Fitzgerald [BOOKS] ⚣ Light without Fire By Scott Korb – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Thomas Wolfe [Ebook] ➠ Secrecy By Rupert Thomson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Teddy Roosevelt [KINDLE] ❅ The Silence and the Roar By Nihad Sirees – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk John Singer Sargent [PDF / Epub] ★ Hard Country ✈ Robin Robilliard – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk James Whistler ➛ [KINDLE] ❅ The Whale Rider By Witi Ihimaera ➥ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Henry James ❴PDF / Epub❵ ★ The Impossible David Lynch Author Todd McGowan – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and Edith WhartonOrphaned at a young age ➞ The Colour Encyclopedia Of Incredible Aeroplanes free download ➣ Author Philip J. Jarrett – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York s best known families She grew up in Newport and Paris [Reading] ➺ Tooth Sleuth, Mystery of the Missing Tooth (Shirley Lock Mysteries By Mia Woolfe – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Bilt HouseBefore their marriage ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☁ Juno Of Taris Author Fleur Beale – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European style estate on ➹ [Read] ➵ The Faithful Scribe By Shahan Mufti ➼ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk acres of North Carolina wilderness He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds [Reading] ➿ Off the Tourist Trail By DK Publishing – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ One Ball of Yarn ⚣ Author DK Publishing – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk square foot chateau [Download] ➶ Optical Illusions Author DK Publishing – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk filled it with priceless art and antiques ➽ [Reading] ➿ One Million Things By DK Publishing ➲ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and erected a charming village beyond the gates Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington ✪ Instruments of Darkness (Crowther and Westerman pdf ✩ Author Imogen Robertson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family ❮Reading❯ ➾ The Initiation of Pb500 (Pb500, Author Kyle Stone – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk her home ➽ [Download] ✤ Bewitched By Jayde Scott ➲ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and her community ❰PDF❯ ❤ Mark of the Lion Author Kenneth Sandford – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk it was up to Edith to save Bilt and secure the future of the region and her husband s legacy The Last Castle is the uniquely American story of how the largest house in America flourished ❮Reading❯ ➵ DK Pocket Eyewitness Insects ➭ Author DK Publishing – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk faltered [Ebook] ➨ Moon Landings Author DK Publishing – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and ultimately endured to this day



10 thoughts on “The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home

  1. says:

    3.5 StarsThe Last Castle is a book for serious history nerds like myself.I haven t read Denise Kiernan s other book The Girls of Atomic City, but after reading The Last Castle I ll be pushing it up my TBR list This book is a meticulously researched look at the building of the largest house of The Gilded Age, The Bilt.The Last Castle is a deep dive not only into the history of Th


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    DisappointingIf one judges a book solely on the basis of the epic amount of research that went into its writing this book might be judged a success The amount of detail presented is prodigious.But taken as a whole the book, to me at least, is flat, repetitive and boring George Vanderbilt is an unknown quantity His reasons for building a monstrously large and unwieldy house, far beyon


  3. says:

    The Last Castle is a phenomenal read When I went to school in North Carolina years ago, I visited Bilt House several times so as soon I learned about this book, I was dying to read it I am so glad it lived up to my expectations Denise Kiernan chronicles the tale of George Vanderbilt, the man who ultimately built the largest residence ever constructed in the United States 175,000 square fe


  4. says:

    I usually love historical nonfiction book I find the best in the genre manage to weave together a wide variety of subjects to give you a real feel for the time And while this one was interesting, it was just way too dry It concentrates too much on the house itself I really wanted to learnabout the contrast between the haves and the have nots And yes, there is some of that But there s way too m


  5. says:

    I m not exactly sure how a book can be interesting and boring all at the same time, but this one achieved that strange balance.


  6. says:

    Half the pleasure in life comes from learning to choose between things William Osgood Field


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    The author did not appear to have enough material about the Vanderbilt family to write a book, so latched on to everything that happened in North Carolina around this time period I wouldn t complain if this had been billed as a history of North Carolina, but a lot of the side stories had no connection to Bilt or the Vanderbilts other than it happened nearby The first half of the book was pretty good, but the


  8. says:

    I first visited The Bilt Estate as a teenager and was in complete awe trying to imagine that anyone ever had the amount of money it would require not only to build but also maintain a 175,000 square foot home When I began to look into the history of the estate, I was evenimpressed by the careful thought put into the home and the nearby village and the grand plans owner George W Vanderbilt had for operating a smal


  9. says:

    The Last Castle is an epic story about Bilt House envisioned and built by George Cornelius Vanderbilt, the grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, during the Gilded Age with the history of Bilt Estate then spanning the Jazz Age, the Depression and two World Wars Vanderbilt knew when he first got off the train in Ashville, North Carolina and gazed at the Pisgah peaks nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains and Smokey Mountai


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    Emblematic of the Vanderbilt family s cycle from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations well, maybe shirtsleeves to Anderson Cooper in three generations , the estate at Bilt was meant to be a semi feudal estate, with European style managed forests, dairies and local crafts Instead, although it made an indelible impact on Asheville and the region, it quickly became a white elephant of expenses, impractical living


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