Asheville, NC 28801
Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00a - 4:00p
Sunday: 12:00p - 4:00p
Smith-McDowell House Museum is Asheville's first mansion and the oldest surviving house as well as the oldest brick structure in Buncombe county. The Smith-McDowell house is one of the most beautiful and opulent homes in the area.
The house was built in the 1840s. It is a blend of architectural styles dating from its original 1840 construction and additions completed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The floor plan is typical of the Adam style, better known as the Federal style in America. It was built as a five-bay mansion with a double-tiered front porch supported by twelve slender fluted columns. Each three-bay end wall has a pair of interior chimneys. The brick walls are 12 to 20 inches thick. The interior of the house contains much of the original Greek Revival woodwork. the second floor's mantels, window frames, and door frames are original, dating from the 1840s. A one-story semicircular sunroom was added to the southern end wall in the late 1880s.