4. The artist who painted the frescoes wanted to have his ashes interred in the music room’s fountain.

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The Italian artist Giovanni Smeraldi painted the frescoes and murals inside the Biltmore. Though Smeraldi had also painted inside the Vatican and the White House, he apparently loved the Biltmore so much he wanted to have his ashes stored in the fountain in the present day lobby. Talk about dedication.