73 Fabulous Historic Homes & Mansions in the USA

Amazing collection of 73 famous historic mansions in the USA. Examples from every part of the USA including the East Coast, Southeast, the South, Southwest, Westcoast and the Midwest.
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Greatest historic mansions in the USA

I love beautiful mansions – whether newer mega mansions or historical mansions.  This gallery showcases over 60 fabulous famous and infamous historical mansions from all areas of the United States.  Regions include the Eastcoast, the South, Midwest and the Westcoast.  Notable regions include Newport, Rhode Island mansions, stunning Gold Coast mansions, Palm Beach mansions and more.

This collection includes some of the most famous houses in the world owned by robber barons, industrialists, authors, politicians, media tycoons, automobile moguls and more.

While some of the homes here are called a castle, America was founded after the need for a medieval castle.  What resulted are simply spectacular houses akin to a chateau, villa or manor house.

Enjoy your scroll through a slice of America’s history via America’s greatest historic houses.

Houses 31 to 73 on the next page

1. Mark Twain House – Hartford, Connecticut

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut was built by Edward Tuckerman Potter and was the house of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. It was designed following the American High Gothic style and is now currently in the hands of Hal Holbrook. The cost of the house is currently $16.3 million and features 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2)

About the Mark Twain House

  • Where: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
  • When: August 1873
  • Who built it: Edward Tuckerman Potter
  • Current owners: Hal Holbrook
  • Cost: $16.3 million
  • Size: 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2)

2. Ringling Mansion – Sarasota, Florida

Ca’ d’Zan, or the Ringling Mansion in Sarasota, Florida is a Mediterranean Revival residence home of the American circus owner, developer and art collector John Ringling and his wife Mable. The property was designed by architect Dwight James Baum in 1924 and it was built by the Sarasota developer Owen Burns. In 2013, the property costs $21 million currently owned by the Florida State University.

About the Ringling Mansion / Ca’ d’Zan

  • Where: Sarasota, Florida, United States of America
  • When: 1924
  • Who built it: Designed by: architect Dwight James Baum / Built by: Sarasota developer Owen Burns
  • Current owners: Florida State University
  • Cost: $21 million
  • Size: 36,000 square-foot

3. Vanderbilt Mansion – Hyde Park, New York

Vanderbilt Mansion is a historic house museum in Hyde Park, New York. Designed by the preeminent architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the house is a fine an example of the Beaux-Arts architecture style while featuring archetypes of the American Renaissance in its interiors. The property costs $36 million with a 211 acres (85 ha) currently owned by the National Park Service.

About the Vanderbilt Mansion

  • Where: Hyde Park, New York, United States of America
  • When: 1896 – 1899
  • Who built it: McKim, Mead & White
  • Current owners: National Park Service
  • Cost: $36 million
  • Size: 211 acres (85 ha)

4. Highlands Ranch Mansion – Colorado

See our gallery of tudor revival homes here.

The Highlands Ranch Mansion built in 1962 is one of the most architecturally unique structures in Colorado. The Mansion features 27,000 square feet (2,500 m2) containing more than 14 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Owned and operated by the Highlands Ranch Metro District, the mansion costs more than $13 million and being maintained by the Highlands Ranch Metro District.

About the Highlands Ranch Mansion

  • Where: Colorado, United States of America
  • When: 1962
  • Who built it: Samuel Allen Long
  • Current owners: Highlands Ranch Metro District
  • Cost: more than $13 million
  • Size: 27,000 square feet (2,500 m2)

5. Kykuit Estate (Rockefeller Mansion) – New York

The Kykuit, also known as the John D. Rockefeller Estate built by Rockefeller family in 1913 is a 40-room historic house museum in Pocantico Hills, a hamlet in the town of Mount Pleasant, New York. The cost of the property has not been yet revealed to the public but it is most likely at a very high price considering its size of 3,400 acres (1,380 ha).

About the Kykuit

  • Where: Mount Pleasant, New York, United States of America
  • When: 1913
  • Who built it: Rockefeller family
  • Current owners: Rockefeller families
  • Cost: Currently unknown
  • Size: 3,400 acres (1,380 ha)

Kykuit - Rockefeller Estate - New York

6. Oheka Castle – Huntington, New York

The Oheka Castle, also known as the Otto Kahn Estate built in 1914–1919 by Delano & Aldrich and Olmsted Brothers is located on the North Shore of Long Island, in the West Hills section of Huntington, NY. The property is the second largest private home in the United States measuring over 109,000 square feet (10,100 m2) and features 127 rooms. Its cost is currently at $22.5 million owned by Gary Melius.

About the Oheka Castle

  • Where: Huntington, New York, United States of America
  • When: 1914–1919
  • Who built it: Delano & Aldrich and Olmsted Brothers
  • Current owners: Gary Melius
  • Cost: $22.5 million
  • Size: 23.2 acres (9.4 ha)

7. Oak Alley – Louisiana

Oak Alley Plantation Louisiana.

The Oak Alley Plantation located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, in the community of Vacherie, St. James Parish, Louisiana, is a historic plantation constructed by Joseph Pilié in 1837. The property boasts 25 acres (10 ha) and costs $50,000 while spent $60,000 in renovations in 1925.

About the Oak Alley Plantation

  • Where: Louisiana, United States of America
  • When: 1837
  • Who built it: Joseph Pilié
  • Current owners: Oak Alley Foundation
  • Cost: $50,000
  • Size: 25 acres (10 ha)

8. Boone Hall Mansion

The Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working plantations that was built in 1681 and was reconstructed in 1936. It was built by William Harmon Beers and features 10,000 square feet (930 m2). The property is currently owned by the McRae family.

About the Boone Hall Plantation

  • Where: South Carolina, United States of America
  • When: 1681
  • Who built it: William Harmon Beers
  • Current owners: McRae family
  • Cost: Currently unknown
  • Size: 10,000 square feet (930 m2)

See our list of Southern historic homes here.

9. Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s House) – Virginia

Monticello was the primary plantation of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. He was the one who designed the property at age 26 after inheriting the land from his father following the neoclassical design principles described by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. This building, featuring 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) that costs $15 million is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the Monticello

  • Where: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America
  • When: 1772
  • Who built it: Thomas Jefferson
  • Current owners: Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.
  • Cost: $15 million
  • Size: 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares)

10. Rosalie Mansion – Natchez, Mississippi

Built in 1823, the Rosalie Mansion is a historic pre-Civil War mansion and historic house museum in Natchez, Mississippi. The property served as the architectural inspiration for a large number of Natchez’s grand Greek Revival mansions, and was a major influence on Antebellum architecture in the greater region. It was constructed by J.S. Griffin in 1822 and features 22 acres. Today, it is owned and maintained by Mississippi State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

About the Rosalie Mansion

  • Where: Natchez, Mississippi, United States of America
  • When: 1823
  • Who built it: J.S. Griffin
  • Current owners: Mississippi State Society Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Cost: Currently unknown
  • Size: 22 acres

11. Nottoway Mansion

The Nottoway Mansion, also known as the Nottoway Plantation House was built in 1858 by Henry Howard following the Greek Revival and Italianate-styled mansion. It is located near White Castle, Louisiana, United States and features 53,000 square foot that costs $14 million.

About the Nottoway Mansion

  • Where: Louisiana, United States of America
  • When: 1858
  • Who built it: Henry Howard
  • Current owners: Paul Ramsay
  • Cost: $14 million
  • Size: 53,000 square foot

12. Magnolia Plantation

The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens located on the Ashley River at 3550 Ashley River Road west of the Ashley, Charleston County, South Carolina is a historic house built in 1850 by Thomas and Ann Drayton. The property remains under the control of the Drayton family after 15 generations and is open to the public. It features 464 acres, 187.77 hectares.

About the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

  • Where: Charleston County, South Carolina, United States of America
  • When: 1850
  • Who built it: Thomas and Ann Drayton
  • Current owners: Drayton family
  • Cost: Currently unknown
  • Size: 464 acres, 187.77 hectares

13. Houmas House – Darrow

The Houmas, also known as Burnside Plantation and currently known as Houmas House Plantation and Gardens was built in 1840 by John Smith Preston, and is a historic plantation complex and house museum in Burnside, Louisiana. It features 10 acres (4.0 ha), which is currently owned by Kevin Kelly.

About the Houmas House

  • Where: Burnside, Louisiana, United States of America
  • When: 1840
  • Who built it: John Smith Preston
  • Current owners: Kevin Kelly
  • Cost: Currently unknown
  • Size: 10 acres (4.0 ha)

14. Montepelier (James Madison’s House) – Virginia

James Madison’s Montpelier was the plantation house of the Madison family, including fourth President of the United States, James Madison, and his wife Dolley. It is located in Orange County, Virginia and was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. It was built in 1764 by Madisons and duPont, which features 4.452 km² and costs $25 million.

About the Montepelier

  • Where: Orange County, Virginia, United States of America
  • When: 1764
  • Who built it: Madisons and duPont
  • Current owners: National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Cost: $25 million
  • Size: 4.452 km²

15. Hazel Path Mansion

The Hazel Path Mansion located in Hendersonville, Tennessee is currently is available for weddings and other events. It was built by Daniel Smith Donelson in 1857 featuring 254 acres and costs $800,000. The property’s current owners are Louis Oliver and James Fuqua.

About the Hazel Path Mansion

  • Where: Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States of America
  • When: 1857
  • Who built it: Daniel Smith Donelson
  • Current owners: Louis Oliver and James Fuqua
  • Cost: $800,000
  • Size: 254 acres

16. Drayton Hall

The Drayton Hall located on the Ashley River about 15 miles northwest of Charleston, South Carolina is an 18th-century plantation whose architectect is unknown. The mansion was built for John Drayton and his family after he bought the property in the late 1730s. The property features 3.177 km² and is currently owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

About the Drayton Hall

  • Where: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America
  • When: 1747–1752
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Current owners: National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 3.177 km²

17. Calhoun Mansion – South Carolina

The Calhoun Mansion located at Charleston, South Carolina is a Victorian house built by W.P. Russell for George W. Williams in 1876. It costs $5,000,000 featuring 24,000-square-foot. Today, it is currently open for public tours under Howard Stahl.

About the Calhoun Mansion

  • Where: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America
  • When: 1876
  • Who built it: Designed by W.P. Russell for George W. Williams
  • Current owners: Howard Stahl
  • Cost: $5,000,000
  • Size: 24,000-square-foot

18. Fairlawn Mansion – Wisconsin

Superior, Wisconsin, USA – August 31, 2014: The 42 room Queen Anne Victorian, a unique and well recognized city landmark as it appears in Superior, Wisconsin. The Mansion stands as an enduring testament to lumber baron Martin Pattison’s success and standing in the community. Fairlawn Mansion was completed in 1891 at the cost of $150,000; an equivalent of well over $3 million today.

About the Fairlawn Mansion

  • Where: Wisconsin, United States of America
  • When: 1889-1891
  • Who built it: Martin Pattison
  • Current owners: Superior Public Museums
  • Cost: $6.5 million
  • Size: Unknown

19. Fonthill Castle

Fonthill, also known as Fonthill Castle was built in early 20th century by Dr. Henry C. Mercer and served as his home in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The property’s cost is still unknown and currently owned by Trustees of the Mercer Fonthill Museum.

About the Fonthill Castle

  • Where: Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • When: 1908 – 1912
  • Who built it: Dr. Henry C. Mercer
  • Current owners: Trustees of the Mercer Fonthill Museum
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 27 ha

20. Robert Todd Lincoln’s Mansion

Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home located in Manchester, Vermont is the former summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln. It was built in the 20th century by Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge following the Georgian Revival style architecture. The property boasts 412-acre,167 ha and its current value is unknown.

About the Hildene

  • Where: Manchester, Vermont, United States of America
  • When: 20th century
  • Who built it: Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge
  • Current owners: Friends of Hildene
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 412-acre,167 ha

21. Biltmore Estate

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore Estate is a large (6950.4 acre or 10.86 square miles) private estate and a popular tourist attraction. It was built in 1889 – 1895 by Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted. It features 6950.4 acre or 10.86 square miles that costs $300 million currently owned by Bill Cecil.

Biltmore is the largest private residence in the USA coming it at 175,000 sq. ft.

About the Biltmore Estate

  • Where: Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America
  • When: 1889 – 1895
  • Who built it: Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted
  • Current owners: Bill Cecil
  • Cost: $300 million
  • Size: 6950.4 acre or 10.86 square miles

22. Mount Vernon – George Washington’s Estate

Mount Vernon, situated on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, was the plantation house of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and his wife, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. It was built in 1758 by George Washington and remained his country home for the rest of his life. It features 500 acres (200 ha) and currently, it is being retained by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

About the Mount Vernon

  • Where: Fairfax County, Virginia, United States of America
  • When: 1889 – 1895
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Current owners: Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 500 acres (200 ha)

23. Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright

Fallingwater is a house located in southwestern Pennsylvania designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935. The property was designed as a weekend home for the family of Liliane Kaufmann and her husband, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr., owner of Kaufmann’s Department Store. It features 1750 acres and has a value of $15.9 million.

About the Fallingwater

  • Where: Southwestern Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • When: 1935
  • Who built it: Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Current owners: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
  • Cost: $15.9 million
  • Size: 1750 acres

24. David Davis Mansion – Bloomington, Illinois

The David Davis Mansion also known as Clover Lawn, is a Victorian home in Bloomington, Illinois that was built in 1870-1872 by Alfred H. Piquenard. It was the residence of David Davis, Supreme Court justice (1862–1877) and Senator from Illinois, which features 4.5 acres (1.8 ha) that is currently owned by the Illinois Department of natural Resources.

About the David Davis Mansion

  • Where: Bloomington, Illinois, United States of America
  • When: 1870-1872
  • Who built it: Alfred H. Piquenard
  • Current owners: Illinois Department of natural Resources
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 4.5 acres (1.8 ha)

25. Cairnwood Estate – Pennsylvania

Cairnwood is a 26,000 square feet (2,400 m2) historic home designed by the architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings and built in 1895. This historic home is located in Bryn Athyn, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania currently owned by the Academy of the New Church.

About the Cairnwood

  • Where: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • When: 1895
  • Who built it: Architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings
  • Current owners: Academy of the New Church
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 26,000 square feet (2,400 m2)

26. Fairlane (Henry and Clara Ford Estate) – Michigan

The Fair Lane was the estate of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford and his wife, Clara Ford, which was built in 1913–1915 by architects Joseph N. French, William Van Tine, Marion Mahony Griffin, Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jensen. Located in Dearborn, Michigan, Fair Lane has 31,000-square-foot (2,900 m2) and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

About the Fair Lane

  • Where: Dearborn, Michigan, United States of America
  • When: 1913–1915
  • Who built it: Architects Joseph N. French, William Van Tine, Marion Mahony Griffin, Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jensen
  • Current owners: Henry Ford Estate, Inc
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 31,000-square-foot (2,900 m2)

27. Hearst Castle – San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark located on the Central Coast of California designed by architect Julia Morgan for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst between 1919 and 1947. The property has 90,000 sq ft (8,400 m2) and is worth $195 million. When the owner Hearst died in 1951, it became a California State Park in 1954 and was opened to visitors later on.

About the Hearst Castle

  • Where: Central Coast of California, United States of America
  • When: 1919 – 1947
  • Who built it: Architect Julia Morgan
  • Current owners: Leonard Ross
  • Cost: $195 million
  • Size: 90,000 sq ft (8,400 m2)

28. Frederic Edwin Church’s Mansion – New York

The Olana State Historic Site is a historic house museum located in Greenport, New York. It was designed by architect Calvert Vaux as the home of Frederic Edwin Church who is one of the major figures in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The estate features 250.2 acres (101.3 ha) and is currently in the care of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

About the Olana State / Frederic Edwin Church Mansion

  • Where: Greenport, New York, United States of America
  • When: 1872
  • Who built it: Architect Calvert Vaux
  • Current owners: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 250.2 acres (101.3 ha)

29. Asa Packer Mansion

The Asa Packer Mansion is a historic house museum located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1852 following the designs of Samuel Sloan and was the home of Asa Packer, a coal and railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh University. It has less than one acre and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985 and currently owned by Ronald J. Sheehan.

About the Asa Packer Mansion

  • Where: Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • When: 1852
  • Who built it: Architect Samuel Sloan
  • Current owners: Ronald J. Sheehan
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: Less than one acre

30. Glenview Mansion – Rockville, Maryland

Glenview Mansion is a historic home located at Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland. It was designed by architects Porter, Irwin S, Lockie, Joseph A and James H. Small III for Catherine and Richard Johns Bowie, the original owners of the property. The property has 65 acres (26 ha) and was purchased by the City of Rockville for $125,000.

About the Glenview Mansion

  • Where: Montgomery County, Maryland, United States of America
  • When: 1926
  • Who built it: Architects Porter, Irwin S, Lockie, Joseph A and James H. Small III
  • Current owners: City of Rockville
  • Cost: $125,000
  • Size: 65 acres (26 ha)




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