• Thomas Lester

Biltmore owner William A.V. Cecil dies at 89

Grandson of founder George Vanderbilt

William A.V. Cecil, owner of the famed Biltmore Estate and grandson of its creator, George W. Vanderbilt II, died Oct. 31 at the age of 89.

Cecil was a champion of the preservation of the Asheville, N.C.-based estate, and spearheaded restorations and growth that turned it into a profitable enterprise.

In a story in the Asheville Citizen-Times, it was noted that Cecil had an often-repeated quote regarding his treatment of the estate: “We don’t preserve Biltmore to make a profit. We make a profit to preserve Biltmore."

Home furnishings companies that have partnerships with Biltmore For Your Home brand, which draws inspiration from architecture and furnishings inside Biltmore, include Capel Rugs, Fine Furniture & Design, Art Classics, Habersham Home, Wildwood Lamps and others, according to releases and links on Biltmore’s website.

Thomas LesterThomas Lester | Business Editor

Thomas Lester is Business Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College's Mass Communications program, Lester spent a dozen years working for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina covering an array of subjects, ranging from community news, government, education, ACC sports and more before joining Progressive Business Media in 2013. As business editor, Lester covers all aspects of business in the home accents world, from the latest news from manufacturers to successful retail strategies and business analysis.

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