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10 Largest Homes in the United States

Take a look at the ten largest homes in the United States that were built before 1950. Nine of these homes are open to the public and get millions of visitors every year but the one home on the list that is actually owned by the public is not open for tours anymore. Every one of these homes is a great place to visit. Pictured is The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island. The home has 70 rooms covering 65,000 square feet, and it's only number five!


(image credit: Wikipedia user upstateNYer)

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by hemlcok.

I used to work at A.I. DuPont de Nemours Hospital for Children, which is on the grounds of the mansion. Old Al was kicked out of the family business and went on to make two fortunes (he lost the first one and the second one was based on the timber industry and railroads in Florida). Rumor has it that the reason the mansion is surrounded by a huge wall topped with glass is that he wanted to spite the family. (He claimed it was a style he saw in France and liked, which makes sense considering the whole mansion and grounds are modeled after Versailles.) Of course, local rumor also had it that the hospital, in its early days, was a home for mutant inbred DuPonts.

Al is buried in the giant carillon on the property, along with his wife, two dobermans and his accountant. They weren't killed to serve him in the afterlife, as far as we know.

He built the hospital in Wilmington (the foundation opened another one in Jacksonville) for the care of sick children (but, as the language of the trust said, not "incurables").
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Umm...if by "the one home on the list that is actually owned by the public" you mean the White's still open for tours:

You have to give advance notice, but the first sentence says it best, "Public tours of the White House are available."
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