Architectural Tidbits

Architectural Tidbits

Albemarle Park: A Unique Early Residential Development

by Dale Wayne Slusser Today’s “Pocket Neighborhood” developers in Asheville would do well to study Albemarle Park, one of Asheville’s earliest planned residential developments. William Greene Raoul, a railroad executive from Georgia originally purchased the 34-acre...

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Percy’s Fire-proof House

The construction of the house at 30 Norwood Avenue is as unique as was its creator and builder, Joseph Percy Threadgill, a real estate developer from Miami, who was simply known as “Percy”. This unusual one-and-one-half-story-plus-basement, Tudor Revival house appears...

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St. Lawrence Basilica: Spanish Baroque in Asheville

cby Dale Wayne Slusser St. Lawrence Basilica, named for the patron-saint  of Spain, was built in 1905 in a Spanish Baroque style.  This is not surprising considering that the church, though drawn by architect Richard Sharp Smith, was mostly designed and built by...

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Ellington’s Last Castle?

By Dale Wayne Slusser  As quickly as success had come, just as quickly did it all come to an end. The Great Depression of the early 1930’s halted Asheville’s building boom, and architect Douglas Ellington found it necessary to move away to find work. He sold his...

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Ellington’s Storybook Cottage or Castle?

by Dale Wayne Slusser In preparation for this month’s tidbit, featuring Douglas Ellington’s unique and quirky home in Chunns Cove, I first began my thinking process, by asking myself- “What Style Is It?” As we’ve seen with his other projects, Ellington’s designs were...

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Old-World Deco- Merrimon Avenue Fire Station

by Dale Wayne Slusser “NORTH ASHEVILLE TO GET $40,000 FIRE HALL SOON”, announced the Asheville Citizen-Times, on November 21, 1926.  The article further announced that, “Plans for the new structure have already been drawn by Douglas D. Ellington, architect, and...

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“Anything Goes…”: Ellington’s S & W Cafeteria

By Dale Wayne Slusser Douglas Ellington’s S & W Cafeteria is a product of it time and place. Its design reflects the spirit of the “Roaring Twenties” when excess and extravagance reigned, and “convention” was passé, and the mantra was as Cole Porter so aptly sang,...

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Transitioning: Ellington’s Asheville High School

By Dale Wayne Slusser As construction of the new Asheville City Hall was nearing completion, in January of 1927, the Asheville City school board decided to appropriate $750,000 for construction of a new High School and accompanying Junior College, and they also voted...

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An Art Deco Blend – Asheville’s City Hall

By Dale Wayne Slusser Asheville’s City Hall building was designed by Douglas Ellington in 1926, following on the heels of his commission for the First Baptist Church. Ellington’s design for the City Hall would continue his blending of Art Deco with his Classical...

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