Top 10 favorite American houses

To celebrate their 150th anniversary, the American Institute of Architects put together a list of 150 favorite buildings of Americans. From that list we gleaned a top 10 buildings designed as family homes, the most admired American masterpieces of residential architecture.

Biltmore - Asheville, North Carolina
Biltmore - Asheville, North Carolina
Architect: Richard Morris Hunt

Year built: 1895

For: George Washington Vanderbilt II

Design: French Renaissance Chateau style. It's the largest privately owned house in the United States. The grounds were designed by Frederic Law Olmsted, who also planned Central Park in New York.

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