Architectural Tidbits

Architectural Tidbits

Before HGTV: Books, Treatises, & Plan Books (Part 2)

by Dale Wayne Slusser Before HGTV and DIY television, architectural design trends were influenced, popularized, and in fact, most often initiated by what we librarians used to call “print-media”: books, newspapers, and magazines. Author Daniel D. Reiff, in his...

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Before HGTV: Books, Treatises, & Plan Books (Part 1)

by Dale Wayne Slusser If I hear one more person on HGTV moan because the house they’re looking to buy doesn’t have granite countertops or an open concept, I think I’ll just scream!! -Or if I hear of another person who longs to live in a “tiny house” on 12 acres (where...

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Possum Trot Cottage: A Regular Hummer

by Dale Wayne Slusser Possum Trot Cottage in Asheville’s Albemarle Park was built as a speculation home by the park’s developer, Thomas Wadley Raoul. Following the death of Thomas’ father, William G. Raoul (who had bank-rolled the Albemarle Park project since 1896),...

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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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