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Asheville City Hall

Asheville City Hall

Asheville City Hall

70 Court Plaza
AshevilleNC  28801
(828) 259-5600
Hours: Open to the public 
Monday - Friday: 8:30a - 5:00p
 

Asheville City Hall is a historic Art Deco brick and stone office building located on City-County Plaza in Asheville, North Carolina. Constructed in 1926, Asheville Cith Hall is one of the Art Deco Masterpieces of Asheville.

The unusual octagonal roof is covered with bands of elongated triangular terra cotta red tiles. Between the two levels of the roof are angular pink Georgia marble piers between which are precise vertical rows of ornamental green and gold feather motifs. The interior of the council chambers features murals by New York artist Clifford Addams that portray the story of the American Indians and early white settlers in the area.

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Battery Park Hotel

Battery Park Hotel

Battery Park Hotel

1 Battery Park Avenue
AshevilleNC  28801
(828) 252-2522
Hours:
The building houses businesses on the first level that are open during normal operating hours.
Upper level apartments are closed to the public.
 

The Battery Park Hotel was built in 1924 by Edwin Grove who also built The Grove Arcade and Grove Park Inn. The hotel is 14 stories high with 220 rooms. The hotel was built of reinforced concrete with brick, limestone and terra cotta with a Mission Revival roof. The architectural style was a mix of Neoclassical and "Spanish romanticism". A roof dining area, lounge and open terraces provided breath-taking views of the city and surrounding mountain vistas. The hotel continued in operation until 1972. In the 1980s the hotel was converted into apartment for senior citizens.

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Belvedele

Belvedele

Belvedele

73 Merrimon Avenue
AshevilleNC  28801
In 1955 the Belvedere operated as a boarding house and was one of the last of Asheville's old-style tourist homes. Today, Belvedere serves tourists and residents alike as a rejuvenating spa.

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Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

1 Lodge Street
AshevilleNC  28803
(800) 411-3812
Hours:
Monday - Sunday: 9:00a - 5:00p

The Biltmore House is a four-story French Renaissance manor which was built between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States. The house has 178,926 square feet of floor space and 135,280 square feet of living area, which covers about 4 acres. The exterior walls are Indiana limestone. The steeply pitched roof has a copper roofline with Vanderbilt's initials repeatedly inscribed along the crest. The estate has 8,000 acres.

 There is a total of 250 rooms. When bathrooms were unheard of, Biltmore House had 43. There are 65 fireplaces and three kitchens, along with 34 bedrooms, a grand Banquet Hall and a Library containing 10,000 volumes. The staircase is one of the more prominent features with its three-story winding balustrades with carved statures. There are 16 chimneys and are covered with slate tiles. Fun things to do in Asheville NC : Biltmore House in asheville NC.

The Banquet Hall is the largest room in the house, measuring 42 feet wide and 72 feet long, with a 70-foot-high barrel-vaulted ceiling. The table could seat 64 guests.

There is additional living space on the second floor with the more lavish guest bedrooms and suites. The third floor have additional guest rooms. The forth floor has 21 bedrooms for the housemaids, laundresses, and other female servants. Male servants were housed in rooms above the stable and complex.

Located in the basement level included an indoor 70,000 gallon heated swimming pool with underwater lighting, a bowling alley, and a gymnasium with once state-of-the-art fitness equipment. There was also a pastry kitchen, rotisserie kitchen, walk-in refrigerators, servants' dining hall, laundry rooms and additional bedrooms for staff.

Biltmore Estates hosts a musical festival each year. Visit their website at Biltmore Concert Series for a program and schedule.


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Biltmore Industries

Biltmore Industries

Biltmore Industries

111 Grovewood Road
AshevilleNC  28804
(828) 253-7651
Hours:
Several of the buildings are open to the public during normal business hours.

Biltmore Industries also known as Biltmore Homespun Shops, is a historic industrial complex located adjacent to the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Built around 1917, the complex consisted of seven buildings constructed of hollow ceramic tile with stucco exterior wall surfaces. The buildings form a compact grouping of cottage-like buildings. Because the buildings were adjacent to the Grove Park Inn, the buildings were built to compliment the Grove Park Inn's organic architecture.

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Biltmore Winery

Biltmore Winery

Biltmore Winery

1 Lodge Street
AshevilleNC  28803
(828) 225-6280
In 1970 George Vanderbilt's grandson had an idea of having an estate winery. There were many obstacles to overcome and in 1983 the Biltmore Estate Wine Company was formally incorporated. In 1984 Biltmore Winery bottled its first wine.

Visit the historic winery on Biltmore’s 8,000-acre estate nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.  Take a guided tour to learn how original dairy barn was converted in the a state of the art winery and learn about the art of wine making. After the tour enjoy complimentary tastings of over 20 of Biltmore's handcrafted wines.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

AshevilleNC  28801
The Blue Ridge Parkway has been known to be America's Favorite Drive and considered the nation's most scenic highway. It is 469 miles long and connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in NC to the Shenandoah National Park in VA.

There are many attractions to visit along the parkway:

Folk Art Center MP 328.0
Pisgah Mountain MP 408.6
Graveyard Fields MP 418.8
Devil's Courthouse MP 422.4

There are 26 tunnels on the parkway in North Carolina due to the elevation of the mountains. Driving the parkway is a relaxing and enjoyable drive. There are many areas to pull off and enjoy the beautiful mountain vistas. Discover scenic hiking trails, picnic areas, and scenic overlooks. There are also many towns that are a short drive off the Parkway.

The Parkway Visitor's Center is at  Milepost 384 near Asheville, NC.

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Brexton House

Brexton House

Brexton House

Brexton House

33 Starnes Avenue
AshevilleNC  28801 

With many tourist arriving by train to Asheville, NC for the cool mountains, many boarding houses were built. One of these was the Brexton Boarding House which was built around 1895. The Brexton House is a three-and-one-half story vernacular Queen Anne style dwelling with symmetrical massing and pitched pressed-metal roofs and "half-timbered" gables.

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Buncombe County Courthouse

Buncombe County Courthouse

Buncombe County Courthouse

60 Court Plaza
AshevilleNC  28801
(828) 259-3400
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00a - 6:00p
 

The Buncombe County Courthouse in Asheville, NC was completed in 1928 and is one of the most extravagent courthouses in North Carolina. The building's complex setbacks, window groupings and overlay of Neo-Classical Revival ornamentation result in a distinctive building from this period. The interior lobby contains a sweeping marble staircase, bronze and glass screens, a coffered ceiling with ornate plasterwork and a mosaic tile floor that echoes the ceiling's tones. The lobby is one of the best-preserved and most elegant Neo-Classical interiors in the state.

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Carl Reynolds House

Carl Reynolds House

Carl Reynolds House

Carl Reynolds House

86 Edgemont Road
AshevilleNC  28801

Dr. Carl V. Reynolds House is a historic home located in Asheville, North Carolina. It was built in 1909, and is a three-story, square frame dwelling in the Colonial Revival / Neoclassical style. It features a flat roofed portico with pairs of fluted Corinthian order columns and half-round pilasters. The home was converted into apartments in the 1940s.

Today it is the Albermarle Inn Bed and Breakfast.

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Fun things to do in Asheville NC : Chestnut Historic District in Asheville, NC. Chestnut Hill Historic District

Roughly bounded by Hillside, Washington, Broad, and Orchard Streets and Merrimon Avenue

The Chestnut Hill Historic District is a compact late 19th- and early 20th-century residential neighborhood . Some buildings were erected in this area even before Asheville underwent its first growth spurt in the 1880s.

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Grove Arcade

Grove Arcade

Grove Arcade

1 Page Avenue
AshevilleNC  28801
(828) 252-7799
Hours:
Monday–Saturday, 10:00a - 6:00p
Sunday 12:00p - 5:00p

The Grove Arcade was the grand dream of E.W. Grove, a self-made millionaire. The Grove Arcade was built between 1926 and 1929. It occupies a full city block that covers 269,000 square-feet. Glazed terra cotta was used as the covering for the reinforced concrete and steel structure. The Arcade is a Tudor Gothic Revival style building. It features a roof deck with a bronze semi-elliptical balcony, molded terra cotta pilasters, and a ziggurat-like arrangement of huge ramps to the roof deck. Beautiful wooden storefronts with similar Tudor Gothic Revival style details and cantilevered bronze stairs.

Today the Grove Arcade includes shops, restaurants, offices and 42 luxury apartments.

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Grove Park Inn

Grove Park Inn

Grove Park Inn

290 Macon Avenue
AshevilleNC  28804
(828) 252-2711
Hours:

The Grove Park Inn was completed in 11 months and 27 days and opened on July 1, 1913. The Inn was built in five sections that join end-to-end and step terrace-like along the mountain ridge. The construction was native uncut granite boulders quarried from Sunset Mountain that form the wall surfaces and chimneys of the inn. The hotel's expansive lobby is noted for its enormous granite fireplaces and grand porch with a beautiful view.

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Fun things to do in Asheville NC : House In Montford Area in Asheville, NC. Montford Historic District

Located off Montford Avenue, roughly bounded by I-240, I-26 and Broadway Avenue

Few neighborhoods express the rich architectural heritage and vitality of Asheville better than the Montford Historic District. The village of Montford was incorporated in 1893. The creation of the neighborhood as we know it today was shaped by the development group called the Asheville Loan, Construction, and Improvement Company and was chartered in 1889.

Montford retains more than 600 buildings, most were built between 1890 and 1920. There is a variety of architecture influences such as Victorian, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts styles combined with Neoclassical, Colonial Revival and castle-like motifs, result in an overall complex quality of designs and artistic talent throughout the neighborhood.

Montford has matured with a significant number of charming bed and breakfast inns with beautifully landscaped gardens, large sleeping porches and finely detailed rooms. You can also find Asheville's Riverside Cemetery in Montford.

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O. B. Wright House

O. B. Wright House

O. B. Wright House

235 Pearson Drive
AshevilleNC  28801
(828) 251-0789
Hours:

The O. B. Wright House is located in the Montford community in Asheville and was built around the turn of the 20th century. It is one of the best examples of a Colonial Revival-influenced, Queen Anne style residence. The enriched style of decoration includes multiple gables, slate roofs, Doric-columned porches, spindle trimming and other decorative detailing. The carriage house is located adjacent to the main house and was used to shelter the horse and carriage for the home's first residents.

Today the Wright House is a beautiful bed and breakfast.

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Fun things to do in Asheville NC : Pack Square in Asheville, NC.
Pack Square

Located At the intersection of Patton, Biltmore and Broadway Avenues

The Pack Square has been a central feature of Asheville since the town's creation in 1797 and became a focal point for Asheville's future growth. George W. Pack donated the land for the public square.

Along the south side of the square, are early 20th-century commercial buildings such as  the Neo-Classical Commerce Building (1904) and the reinforced concrete Legal Building (1909) designed in the Renaissance Revival style. Real estate developer L. B. Jackson commissioned the Neo-Gothic style skyscraper--the first in western North Carolina--to promote his faith in the continued strength of the 1920s local real estate market. Fitted with a searchlight to draw tourists to the city, the Jackson Building has been a visual landmark since its completion.

Today Pack Square is the central point for many festivities.

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Princess Anne Hotel

Princess Anne Hotel

Princess Anne Hotel

301 East Chestnut Street
The three-storyNC  28801
(828) 258-0986
The Princess Anne was operated as a hotel by various owners until 1945 when it became an annex to Appalachian Hall Psychiatric Hospital. In 1947 it reopened as a hotel and for the next 10 years it specialized in retirement accommodations. In 1995 the hotel was sold again and in 2005 the Princess Anne Hotel was completely renovated and is now a 16 room bed and breakfast.

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Young Men's Institute Building

Young Men's Institute Building

Young Men's Institute Building

Young Men's Institute Building

39 South Market Street
AshevilleNC  28801
(828) 252-4614
Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10:00a - 5:00p
 

Young Men's Institute Building, also known as the YMI Building, is a historic meeting hall located in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1892 Mr. Isaac Dickson and Dr. Stephens approached George Vanderbilt about providing an institution for the black construction workers employed at the Biltmore Estate to improve the moral fiber of the black male through education focusing on social, cultural, business and religious life. George Vanderbilt agreed to construct the building and construction began in 1892 and was completed in 1893.