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Biltmore Estate in Asheville celebrates its centennial in 1995. George Vanderbilt's grandson, William Cecil, after turning the estate into a tourist attraction, now has a growth strategy to increase yearly revenues from $35 million to $100 million.
The L. Vincent Lowe, Jr. Award is the highest preservation award given to a state business for promoting protection of architectural resources in the state. William A. V. Cecil received the 1996 award for turning neglected Biltmore Estate in Asheville into a major tourist attraction, while at the same time stimulating economic growth in the region.
William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil was born in Asheville in 1928 on what had been his grandfather's estate. The estate is now known to the world as Biltmore. In the 1950s, Cecil returned to his birthplace to transform the crumbling 250-room structure into the historic treasure and tourist attraction it is today.