We’re all fascinated by large houses. Something about sprawling mansions boasting dozens of rooms stirs up daydreams in us. This isn’t a modern phenomenon, either. People have been building larger than life houses here in the United States for as long as they’ve been building houses, period. Here we’re going to take a look at the largest historic houses in the United States. Most of these are so big, you’ll have a hard time imagining a NJ house raising company boosting them into the air!
From “smallest” to largest, here are the five largest historic homes in America:
Shadow Lawn – Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, this 130-room, 19-bath mansion is famous for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it was featured in the movie Annie. Once the home of the president of the Woolworth Company, today it is called Woodrow Wilson Hall and is part of the Monmouth University Campus.
Arden House – Harriman, New York’s Arden House is a 100,000 square foot home sitting on 450 mountaintop acres overlooking the Ramapo River Valley. It is currently owned by the Research Center on Natural Conservation, a Chinese-backed nonprofit group.
Whitemarsh Hall – Built from 1916 to 1921, Whitemarsh Hall came in at a robust 100,000 square feet. This gigantic home was six stories, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell because three of them were underground (which means there is no way house raising New Jersey could ever be done here!). Sadly, this massive mansion was demolished a few decades ago.
Oheka Castle – An excellent house lifting NJ company can tackle just about anything thrown at them, but a 109,000 square foot castle might be a little more than even they can handle! Located in Huntington, New York, this sprawling house is now a historic hotel. At one time, however, it was a rich family’s summer home. Today, it is a popular location for weddings and even Hollywood movie shoots.
The Biltmore House – Located in Asheville, North Carolina, this mega home took six years to construct (from 1889 to 1895) and comes in at just under 179,000 square feet. To put that in context, you can fit nearly 60 of your 3,000 square foot homes inside it! It boasts more than 250 rooms, and remains privately owned, making it the largest privately owned home in America. The estate, owned by descendants of the Vanderbilts, is opened to the public and is a popular tourist attraction.
As you can see, some of these homes (and former homes) are so large it’s hard to fathom just how big they really are, or the fact that they used to be homes. Most serve other functions now – museums, hotels and other purposes – but at one time people actually lived in them! It’s hard to wrap your head around the wealth that must have been needed to create such audacious homes. We can only dream!