Architectural Tidbits

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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A Classical Masterpiece from an Art Deco Master

By Dale Wayne Slusser “What is that?” was my initial reaction to seeing First Baptist Church of Asheville for the first time, in 1993. But now after years of observing it both from its exterior, and attending numerous worship services and events where I have observed...

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Asheville’s Master of the Art Deco: Douglas Ellington

By Dale Wayne Slusser When we think of Asheville’s booming 1920s’ building frenzy, one architect stands alone as Asheville’s premiere architect of the period: Douglas Ellington.  In fact, at least five Ellington designed buildings remain in downtown Asheville as noted...

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The Bracketed Cottage

By Dale Wayne Slusser Landscape architect, Andrew Jackson Downing published Cottage Residences in 1842, and The Architecture of Country Houses, in 1850. In collaboration with architect Alexander Jackson Davis (who was the source for most of Downing’s designs) these...

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Cottage or a Villa, Anyone?

By Dale Wayne Slusser In 1841, Andrew Jackson Downing, a landscape architect based in Hudson Valley, New York, published A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Architecture, Adapted to North America, with a View to the Improvement of Country Residences…. ...

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What Style is it? And What is Style?

By Dale Wayne Slusser “Style” is the word we most use to describe a building. By that we mean what architectural style is that house or building? But what do we mean by “style”?  “Style” is the distinguishing details and design of a building that tell from what period...

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Richard Sharp Smith & The “Biltmore-style”

By Dale Wayne Slusser Asheville’s enduring architectural legacy began in the 1890’s with the building of the Biltmore House and estate.  Asheville was a remote inaccessible mountain community until the railroad finally breached the treacherous terrain to begin service...

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