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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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31. Graceland (Elvis Presley’s Mansion) – Memphis, Tennessee

Graceland is a mansion located in Memphis, Tennessee, which was owned by the singer and actor Elvis Presley. It has 13.8-acre (5.6 ha) that costs $100 million and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark. It is also the second most-visited house in The U.S. after the White House, with over 650,000 visitors a year and currently owned by Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis.

About the Graceland

  • Where: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
  • When: 1939
  • Who built it: Architect Kaiti King
  • Current owners: Lisa Marie Presley
  • Cost: $100 million
  • Size: 13.8-acre (5.6 ha)

32. Vaile Mansion

Vaile Mansion was built for Colonel Harvey Merrick Vaile and his wife, Sophia. Vaile in 1871–1881 following the designs of architect Asa B. Cross. The property has 5.6 acres (2.3 ha) and is worth $3-4 million. Vaile Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently open to the public as a museum.

About the Vaile Mansion

  • Where: Independence, Missouri, United States of America
  • When: 1871–1881
  • Who built it: Architect Asa B. Cross
  • Current owners: Vaile Victorian Society
  • Cost: $3-4 million
  • Size: 5.6 acres (2.3 ha)

33. Carrington Mansion, aka Filoli Country House – Woodside, California

Filoli is a country house with 2.833 km² designed by architect Willis Polk in Georgian style for William Bowers Bourn II. Now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli is open to the public and is both a California Historical Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

About the Filoli

  • Where: Woodside, California, United States of America
  • When: 1915
  • Who built it: Architect Willis Polk
  • Current owners: National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 2.833 km²

34. Hempstead House – Sands Point, New York

Gould-Guggenheim Estate or Sands point preserve, more commonly known as the Hempstead House is a large estate located in Sands Point, New York. Its construction was started by Howard Gould and completed by Daniel Guggenheim in 1912, featuring 300-acre (1.2 km2).

About the Hempstead House

  • Where: Sands Point, New York, United States of America
  • When: 1912
  • Who built it: Howard Gould, completed by Daniel Guggenheim
  • Current owners: Nassau County, New York
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 300-acre (1.2 km2)

35. Swannanoa Palace – Afton, Virginia

Swannanoa is an Italian Renaissance Revival villa in Augusta County and Nelson County, Virginia, United States. It was built by millionaire and philanthropist James H. Dooley in 1912 featuring 590 acres (240 ha) and worth more than $46.3 million.

About the Swannanoa

  • Where: Augusta County and Nelson County, Virginia, United States of America
  • When: 1912
  • Who built it: James H. Dooley
  • Current owners: James F. Dulaney,Jr
  • Cost: More than $46.3 million
  • Size: 590 acres (240 ha)

36. Maryland Mansion – Ponca City, Oklahoma

The E.W. Marland Mansion built by oil baron and philanthropist Ernest Whitworth Marland at the peak of 1920s is a 43,561 square feet mansion located in Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States. The construction followed the designs of prominent Tulsa architect John Duncan Forsyth and the property is now worth $1.4 million. Currently, The City of Ponca takes care of the mansion.

About the E.W. Marland Mansion

  • Where: Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States of America
  • When: 1920s
  • Who built it: Ernest Whitworth Marland, designed by architect John Duncan Forsyth
  • Current owners: The City of Ponca
  • Cost: $1.4 million
  • Size: 43,561 square feet

37. Pittock Mansion – Portland, Oregon

The Pittock Mansion originally built in 1909 is a French Renaissance-style château in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon built by Henry Pittock as a private residence for himself and his wife, Georgiana. The property boasts a size of 16,000 ft.² and is worth $6–8 million. The property is in the hands of the Bureau of Parks and Recreation currently.

About the Pittock Mansion

  • Where: West Hills of Portland, Oregon, United States of America
  • When: 1909
  • Who built it: Henry Pittock
  • Current owners: Bureau of Parks and Recreation
  • Cost: $6–8 million
  • Size: 16,000 ft.²

38. Perry Hannah House – Michigan


The Perry Hannah House located in Traverse City, Michigan is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by Grand Rapids architect W. G. Robinson for Perry Hannah. The construction was completed in 1893 and later on became the property of Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home that is still operating today.

About the Perry Hannah House

  • Where: Traverse City, Michigan, United States of America
  • When: 1893
  • Who built it: Architect W. G. Robinson
  • Current owners: Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home
  • Cost: $5 million
  • Size: 1 acre (0.40 ha)

39. Patterson House

Ardenwood Historic Farm is a Regional Historic Landmark in Fremont, California built by James Hawley in 1857. The property follows a Queen Anne architectural style and has a size of 300-acre. Today, it is being maintained by the East Bay Regional Park District.

About the Patterson House

  • Where: Fremont, California, United States of America
  • When: 1857
  • Who built it: James Hawley
  • Current owners: East Bay Regional Park District
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 300-acre

40. Pabst Mansion – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Pabst Mansion located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a Flemish Renaissance Revival style architecture designed by Milwaukee architect George Bowman Ferry for Captain Frederick Pabst. The property is worth $7 million and currently in the hands of the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, Inc.

About the Pabst Mansion

  • Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
  • When: 1890
  • Who built it: Architect George Bowman Ferry
  • Current owners: Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, Inc
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: Unknown

41. Lyndhurst Castle

Lyndhurst, also known as the Jay Gould estate located in Tarrytown, New York just beside the Hudson River is a Gothic Revival country house designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1838. Its size measures 67 acres (27 ha) and was owned in succession by New York City mayor William Paulding, Jr., merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould. After Gould’s death, his daughter Anna Gould donated it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is now open to the public.

About the Lyndhurst

  • Where: Tarrytown, New York, United States of America
  • When: 1838
  • Who built it: Architect Alexander Jackson Davis
  • Current owners: National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 67 acres (27 ha)

42. Katharine Seymour Day House – Hartford, Connecticut


The Katharine Seymour Day House is a historic house located in Hartford, Connecticut. It was designed by Francis H. Kimball following the Queen Anne architectural design and was completed in 1884. The 2 acres (0.81 ha) property is now in the hands of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center serving as its administrative center and library and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

About the Katharine Seymour Day House

  • Where: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
  • When: 1884
  • Who built it: Architect Francis H. Kimball
  • Current owners: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 2 acres (0.81 ha)

43. Winchester Mystery House – California

The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose, California built by Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearm magnate William Wirt Winchester as her personal residence. Its size measures 2 ha, privately owned and serves as a tourist attraction.

About the Winchester Mystery House

  • Where: San Jose, California, United States of America
  • When: 1884-1922
  • Who built it: Sarah Winchester
  • Current owners: Winchester Investments LLC
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 2 ha

44. Henry Clay’s Ashland House

Ashland is the name of the plantation of the 19th-century Kentucky statesman Henry Clay, which was built by architects Benjamin H. Latrobe and Thomas Lewinski in 1811. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the historic house museum was opened to the public in 1950.

About the Ashland

  • Where: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
  • When: 1811
  • Who built it: Architects Benjamin H. Latrobe and Thomas Lewinski
  • Current owners: Henry Clay Memorial Foundation
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 8 ha

45. Vizcaya – Florida

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, previously known as Villa Vizcaya located in Miami, Florida is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune. Architects Paul Chalfin, F. Burrall Hoffman, and Diego Suarez completed the work following the Mediterranean-revival style mixed with Baroque, Italian Renaissance and Italian Renaissance Revival styles of architecture. The property boasts a size of 43 acres (17 ha) and is currently in the hands of Miami-Dade County.

About the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens / Villa Vizcaya

  • Where: Miami, Florida, United States of America
  • When: 1811
  • Who built it: Architects Benjamin H. Latrobe and Thomas Lewinski
  • Current owners: Henry Clay Memorial Foundation
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 43 acres (17 ha)

46. 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)

47. The Culbertson Mansion


Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site located in New Albany, Indiana was the home of William Culbertson, who was once the richest man in Indiana. It was designed by architect James T. Banes following the Second Empire-style architecture featuring 4,047 m² of size. Today, it is open to the public maintained by the Historic New Albany.

About the Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

  • Where: New Albany, Indiana, United States of America
  • When: 1867
  • Who built it: Architect James T. Banes
  • Current owners: Historic New Albany
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 4,047 m²

48. Long Island Gold Coast Mansion at Old Westbury Gardens – New York

The Old Westbury Gardens located in Nassau County, New York is the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps, heir to a U.S. Steel fortune. The property was designed by architect George A. Crawley in 1906 that features 100 acres (40 ha) of size. It is currently owned by Nancy Costopulos and is open to the public for free.

About the Old Westbury Gardens

  • Where: Nassau County, New York, United States of America
  • When: 1906
  • Who built it: Architect George A. Crawley
  • Current owners: Nancy Costopulos
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 100 acres (40 ha)

49. Swan House – Atlanta, Georgia

The Swan House located in Atlanta, Georgia was designed by architect Philip Trammell Shutze for Edward and Emily Inman combining the Renaissance revival style with the classical architecture. The property’s size measures 28 acres (110,000 m2) and is worth $5.4 million currently being maintained by the Atlanta History Center.

About the Swan House

  • Where: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
  • When: 1928
  • Who built it: Architect Philip Trammell Shutze
  • Current owners: Atlanta History Center
  • Cost: $5.4 million
  • Size: 28 acres (110,000 m2)

50. Flagler Mansion (now a museum) – Palm Beach, Florida

Whitehall is a 75-room Gilded Age mansion located in Palm Beach, Florida. It was completed in 1902 by Carrère and Hastings for Henry Flagler, a leading captain of industry in the late 19th century, and a leading developer of Florida as a tourist destination following the neoclassical Beaux Arts architecture style. Its size measures to 100,000-square-foot currently owned by the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum and is open to the public, as well as listed as a National Historic Landmark.

About the Whitehall

  • Where: Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America
  • When: 1902
  • Who built it: Carrère and Hastings
  • Current owners: Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
  • Cost: Unknown
  • Size: 100,000-square-foot

51. Faxon-Thomas Mansion

Faxon-Thomas Mansion

52. Wedding Cake House


Wedding Cake House in Maine

53. Cylburn Mansion – Baltimore, Maryland

Cylburn mansion - Baltimore, Maryland

54. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House – Michigan

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Dearborn, Michigan

55. Mar a lago Mansion – Florida

Mar a lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida

 

56. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mansion – New York

Franklin D Roosevelt mansion in New York

 

57. Hayes Mansion – San Jose, California

Hayes Mansion San Jose California

58. The Carson Mansion – Eureka, California

The Carson Mansion - Eureka, California

See our list of Victorian mansions here.

59. Leland Stanford Mansion – Sacramento, California

Leland Stanford Mansion, Sacramento, California

60. The Moody Mansion – Galveston, Texas

The Moody Mansion - Galveston, Texas

61. Mill Neck Manor (Sefton House) – Long Island, New York

Mill Neck Manor (Sefton House)

62 to 73: Newport, Rhode Island Mansions

Where are the famous Newport, RI mansions built during the gilded age?

Have no fear.  We put together a special edition featuring 13 incredible gilded age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island here.

FAQ

Which is the biggest historic mansion?

Biltmore, by far.  It has an astonishing 175,000 sq. ft.

Which is the most expensive historic mansion?

It’s difficult to know for sure, but here’s a list of historic houses that cost a lot of money.  You could say they don’t build them like that anymore.

  • Vizcaya is estimated to have cost $26 million in 1914.  That’s $655 million in 2018 dollars.
  • Hearst Castle is estimated it cost $500 million in 2012 dollars.

Then there’s the Vanderbilt family which spent fortunes on mansions.

  • Marble House in Rhode Island cost $11 million in 1892 which is approximately $308 million in 2018 dollars.
  • Biltmore (Vanderbilt family yet again), cost about $6 million in 1895, which is approximately $180 million in 2018 dollars.
  • The Breakers (yet another Vanderbilt family house) cost $7 million in 1893, which is about $212 million in 2018.

 







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