Happy Holidays: Preservation PARTY!!


2013 Holiday Membership Event

Thursday, December 12, 5:00-7:00PM

Hill House Bed & Breakfast

120 Hillside Street, Asheville

As an annual tradition, the members and guests of the Preservation Society gather together to socialize, discuss events of the past year and drum up ideas for the year to come.  True to our cause, we search for significant historic architecture to host this fun event and this year is no exception!

Hill House is a highly-reviewed and award-winning, 17-year-old bed and breakfast one mile from the center of downtown Asheville. It was originally built as the family residence of furniture manufacturer James Hill in 1885. The beautiful home with the wraparound front porch between the Montford neighborhood and the Grove Park Inn is a pastiche of Queen Anne and Victorian elements common to the period.  For many years in the 20th century, Hill House was divided into apartment units. In 1995, Carol Ann Winter and Albert Ganzenhuber opened the property as Hill House Bed & Breakfast, following a lengthy renovation. Bill and Terry Erickson took over in 2003, and in February 2012, David Raphael Smith became the inn’s third (and current) owner.

Parking:  There is ample parking on nearby Mt. Claire Avenue (map) as well as Community Family Practice (map) on the corner of Merrimon Avenue and Hillside Street.  Limited parking is available for those with disabilities and limited mobility onsite, behind Hill House, follow the driveway.



Historic Black Mountain College Campus Tour

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In 1941, Black Mountain College moved across the valley from its first location at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly to its own campus at Lake Eden where it remained until its closing in 1956. Join PSABC for a tour of this second campus and the unique architecture that remains as a testament to this creative form of education.

Where: 375 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, directions below

When: This Saturday, October 5 at 10AM


Founded in 1933 by John Andews Rice, Theodore Driere and other faculty of Rollins College in reaction to passive educational norms, it combined rigorous and collaborative liberal education in arts, crafts and architecture with communal living on a site originally developed by E.W. Grove as a resort. The school’s board included Albert Einstein and attracted participants such as Willem deKooning, Joseph and Anni Albers, John Cage and Buckminster Fuller, creator of the first geodesic dome. The school was well known in Europe while little known at home and was a haven of creativity. It is located 3 miles from Black Mountain on the Rockmont Camp campus. Join us for a walking tour of the campus, and the art and historic buildings of the era.


Take I-40 to Exit 59 and turn north. At light, turn right on US 70 and proceed to next light. Turn left and cross bridge. At stop sign, turn right on Old US 70. Proceed to Lake Eden Road, watching for tall security fencing upon approach. Turn left on Lake Eden Road and proceed 1.5 miles to Camp Rockmont. IMPORTANT: Take second entrance to camp and proceed to BMC Studies Building.
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Preservation Society to Sell City Landmark

Front Facade, WestThe Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County announces today that the 1869 Camp Patton-Parker House enters the market for sale.  This local historic landmark, owned and occupied by seven generations of the same family, has reached a turning point in its future.

“That future will be secure”, noted Preservation Society Executive Director Jack Thomson.  “When the historic house is sold we will place preservation covenants in the deed that will protect the historic nature of this special place in perpetuity.”

Camp Patton, built in 1868-69 by Thomas Patton after returning home from the Civil War, had previously served as a military encampment for both the Union and Confederate military.  Patton employed African American carpenters to help him in the construction of the house.  The grandson of early Asheville settler James Patton, Thomas Patton later became mayor.

In November of 1894 a group of civic-minded ladies met at the home of Mayor Patton at 95 Charlottes Street to organize support for votes for women.  The next day at a large gathering at the Buncombe County Court House sponsored by Mayor Patton, the North Carolina Equal Suffrage Association was formed and the fight for women’s right to vote was launched in North Carolina.

The 145 year old frame house is formally organized around central and transverse hallways.  A grand entryway of transom and sidelights greets visitors as they enter a center hallway flanked by a formal parlor & dining room and an arched opening leading to a grand stairway. The later additions for a growing family now boast six bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 8 fireplaces.  Romantically sited on 1.23 acres, the Patton Parker House remains as the last of the large open landscapes so close to the City center.

Camp Patton was entered in to the National Register of Historic Places on August 9th, 1982 and became a City of Asheville Local Landmark on March 28, 2000.  “While the national and local designations help with the recognition of this important historic place, they can only delay what may be extreme development pressures in the near future,” Thomson said.  “By privately restricting the house and land, the Preservation Society can ensure a safe future for the Patton Parker House.  This is an important site for Asheville and for the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, which is also a National Register of Historic Places District.  We believe our work helps protect neighborhoods as well as our history and heritage.”

To schedule a viewing of the house, please contact the Preservation Society offices at 828-254-2343.