America's first leaders modeled their homes after the grand manors of Europe, borrowing classical principals from ancient Greece and Rome. During the Antebellum period before the Civil War, affluent plantation owners built stately Neoclassical and Greek Revival manors. Later, during America's Gilded Age, newly-rich industrialists lavished their homes architectural details drawn from a variety of styles, including Queen Anne, Beaux Arts, and Renaissance Revival.
The mansions, manors, and grand estates in this photo gallery reflect the range of styles explored by America's wealthy classes. Many of these homes are open for tours. Follow the links for travel information.
|Rosecliff||Belle Grove Plantation||Breakers Mansion||Astors' Beechwood Mansion|
|Vanderbilt Marble House||Lyndhurst||Hearst Castle||Biltmore Estate|
|Belle Meade Plantation||Oak Alley Plantation||Long Branch Estate||Monticello|