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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