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Washington Has Six of Top 10 of Americas Favorite Architecture

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Caty Weaver 2007-5-20 VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Specia

biltmore estate

george washington vanderbilt, a very wealthy man, built a house on the estate. but this was not just any home; it was the nation's largest. and the two-hundred-fifty-room biltmore house was meant to be just a summer home.

it was built between eighty eighty-eight and eighteen ninety-five. the style is french renaissance. the architect was richard morris hunt.

the vanderbilt family still owns the biltmore estate but the house is no longer used as a private home. now visitors can pay to look around.

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lincoln memorial

we go back to washington for number seven on the list of america's favorite architecture: the lincoln memorial. it has four sides which are open except for large columns that support the roof.

in the center is a huge statue of the sixteenth president, abraham lincoln. he is sitting down and he faces the long reflecting pool just outside the memorial. his eyes seem to look farther, toward the washington monument beyond the pool.

congress approved the building of the lincoln memorial in nineteen eleven. the memorial opened in nineteen twenty-two.

ancient greek architecture influenced the design by henry bacon. he used limestone and marble. he won a gold medal from the american institute of architects in nineteen twenty-three for the lincoln memorial.

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