Originally built for James Bowen as a substantial Federal house, Mirador was purchased by the Langhorne family in 1892. In the 1920s Nancy Langhorne Astor's niece, Nancy Perkins, and her husband, Ronald Tree, hired the New York architect William Adams Delano. What was already a large house received wings to either side, and the interiors were upgraded with Georgian motifs. The house became one of the showplaces of the Piedmont, especially during the frequent visits of Nancy Astor and her sister, Irene Langhorne Gibson, the prototype for the Gibson Girl.
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