The Most Famous American Houses
The US is well-known for its many and significant historic buildings and structures such as the White House, Graceland and Monticello. These buildings are popular tourist attractions. There are also popular and historic houses that are notable tourist attractions in the different parts of the country. Most of them were home of presidents, celebrities and other notable personalities. Here are some of them.
1.) Hearst Castle
The captivating Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California. This architectural masterpiece was designed by architect Julia Morgan and owned by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. It was donated by the Hearst Corporation to the state of California in 1957. This popular American house contains considerable collection of art and antiques and is open for public tours. Hearst Castle attracts about one million visitors annually.
2.) Arlington House
The Arlington House or Robert E. Lee Memorial is a popular American house of Greek revival style. It is located in Arlington, Virginia. It was once the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. This house that overlooks the Potomac River has since designated a National Memorial. It is also known as the Custis-Lee Mansion.
3.) The Breakers
The Breakers is a 70-room Vanderbilt mansion located on Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island. This elegant house is a National Historic Landmark and is owned and operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County. It was built as the Newport summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and designed by Richard Morris. The Breakers was built between 1893 and 1895 at a cost of more than $7 million (approximately $200 million in today's dollars adjusted for inflation).
4.) Boldt Castle
The Boldt Castle is a fascinating piece of architecture located on Heart Island (New York) in the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River, along the northern border of New York State. It is a major landmark and tourist attraction in the area.
5.) Glessner House
The John J. Glessner House is now operated as the Glessner House Museum. This is an important 19th -century residence located at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. The house, which is a National Historic landmark, was completed in 1887 and was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson.
6.) Gracie Mansion
The beautiful Gracie Mansion is one of the most famous houses in the United States. It is the New York City mayor’s official residence. It is situated on the East River and overlooks the Hell Gate. It is located in Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan. It was constructed in 1799.
7.) Gamble House
The Gamble House is also known as David B. Gamble House. This National Historic Landmark was built between 1908 and 1909. This famous house is located in Pasadena, California. This 3 storey edifice is originally intended as a winter residence for David and Mary Gamble. It is now operated as a museum and is commonly described as America's Arts and Crafts masterpiece.
8.) House of the Seven Gable
The House of the Seven Gables is a very old house. This colonial mansion was built in 1668 and is located in Salem, Massachusetts. The house is now a non-profit museum, with an admission fee charged for tours, as well as an active settlement house with programs for children. It is also known as the Turner House or Turner-Ingersoll Mansion.
9.) Playboy Mansion
The Playboy Mansion is a popular house located in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, California. This edifice is the home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner. The mansion became famous during the 1970s through media reports of Hefner's lavish parties. This house, as of 2011, was valued at $54 million USD.
10.) Sagamore Camp
Sagamore Camp is one of several historic Great Camps located in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State, which were built for the super-rich of the American Gilded Age as remote and luxurious rustic summer retreats.
11.) Molly Brown House
The Molly Brown House Museum is a house located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street in Denver, Colorado. It was the home of American philanthropist, socialite, and activist Margaret Brown who was known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" because she survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The house now served as a museum. It is also known as House of Lions.
12.) Margaret Mitchell House
The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum was the home of author Margaret Mitchell. It is located in Midtown Atlanta at 990 Peachtree Street, Georgia. The house was known as the Crescent Apartments when she and her husband lived in Apt. 1 on the ground floor from 1925 to 1932. The novel “Gone with the Wind” was written on this house.