George Washington Vanderbilt constructed the opulent Biltmore Estate between 1889-1995 in Asheville, NC. At nearly 179,000 square feet of floor space, the expansive home boasts 250 rooms including a gym, indoor pool, and bowling alley. It remains the largest privately owned home in the United States, and is open to the public for tours.
Standing left to right: Edward Burnett, Richard Morris Hunt, George Washington Vanderbilt (original owner of the Biltmore Estate). Sitting left to right: Frederick Law Olmstead (landscape architect who also designed New York City's Central Park) and Richard Howland Hunt (architect). Details here.
(photographs taken at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC; historical photos are images displayed at the Biltmore Estate.)
(photographs taken in Chapel Hill, Chatham County)
(photographs taken on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill)
(photograph taken in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro)
Siglinda Scarpa is founder and primary benefactor for the non-profit cat sanctuary The Goathouse Refuge nestled on her several-acre property in Pittsboro, NC. The unflagging animal activist provides a safe haven for cats that were dispossessed or scheduled for euthanasia by public shelters. A team of dedicated volunteers work year round to provide care regardless of age, medical issues or disposition until a permanent loving adoptive home is secured.
The Italian-born sculptor landed in Chatham County in the mid-1990s after emigrating from the foothills of the Italian Alps to New York to pursue her work. Her home studio is peppered with storage sheds used for work spaces and a towering hand-built outdoor oven to fire the intricate pieces. Her collection includes shelves lined with punctilious vessels reminiscent of sea anemones and sculptures perched on stands evocative of fragile pleating coral. (images of her work will be appear in the next post)
(photographs taken at the Goathouse Refuge in Pittsboro, NC)
(photograph taken July 4th 2016 in Chapel Hill)
(photograph taken in Chatham County)
(photograph of Northwood High School graduates taken at Carmichael Arena, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)
(photograph taken off of Mount Carmel Church Road in Chapel Hill)