Gloria Vanderbilt passed away on Monday at the age of 95, leaving a void in the worlds of fashion, art, and interior design. And while her Instagram page remains a testament to her glamorous life, you can go a little deeper into her legacy by visiting one of the many stunning homes once owned by her family that are still open to the public today.
Before Vanderbilt shared her eclectic home decor style with the world, the railroad fortune heiress’s ancestors pioneered the Gilded Age of design, building numerous mansions across the country. Starting with her great-great-grandfather Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt and continuing with subsequent generations of Vanderbilts, the family erected stunning homes, which hosted dignitaries and celebrities alike. Here are five you can visit.
1. Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York
Frederick W. Vanderbilt lived in this Beaux Arts–style home from 1895 to 1938, and it is now a National Historic Site with 200 acres of National Park Service land.
2. The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island
It’s hard to believe the 70-room 125,339-square-foot home was just a summer house for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, yet the Italian Renaissance–style abode was considered a “cottage.” Now, visitors can tour the impressive space.
3. Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island
Why have just one summer cottage when you can have two? William Kissam Vanderbilt owned a grand home just down the road, which John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy visited in the 1950s.
4. Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina
George Vanderbilt loved the Blue Ridge Mountain, so he built a summer home for himself in Asheville, North Carolina. It has since been visited by several U.S. presidents including William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Hosting notable guests was pretty easy, considering there are 35 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms.
5. Eagle’s Nest in Centerport, New York
Before it became the popular Vanderbilt Museum (complete with a planetarium), this Spanish Revival house in Suffolk County was home to William K. Vanderbilt II until his death in 1944. It was built by the architecture firm of Warren & Wetmore, which also constructed Grand Central Terminal.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest