A tour of three Victorian mansions: industrialist John Glessner's "Glessner Home" in Chicago; Thomas Edison's "Glenmont" in New Jersey; and Mark Twain's house in Hartford, Conn., where he wrote "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer."
The homes of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt (Sagamore Hill on Long Island, N.Y.) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (Springwood in Hyde Park, N.Y.). Also: FDR's summer retreat on Campobello Island, off New Brunswick, Canada.
Tours of the Biltmore house and gardens, built by forestry pioneer George Washington Vanderbilt near Asheville, N.C. Included: an exploration of its history and architecture; and a profile of its owner.
Mansions along New York's Hudson Valley are toured, including Lyndhurst, the Gothic revival castle of railroad magnate Jay Gould; Kykuit, the Rockefeller mansion. Also: the Hyde Park home of tycoon Frederick Vanderbilt.
Three of America's most prominent resort hotels, including San Diego's Hotel del Coronado, built in 1888; the 235-room Mission Inn, designed as a Spanish castle; and the Grand on Michigan's Mackinak Island.
Homes donated to American universities are visited. Included: Samuel Cupples House at St. Louis University; Gleensheen at the University of Minnesota; and Chinqua-Penn Plantation associated with the University of North Carolina.
Spotlighting the homes of financiers, including Otto Herman Kahn's Oheka Castle on Long Island; Sonnenberg Mansion, owned by Frederick Ferris Thompson; and Rockwood, merchant banker Joseph Shipley's estate in Wilmington, Del. Hosted by Joe Van Riper.