Ellington’s Storybook Cottage or Castle?

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...
Old-World Deco- Merrimon Avenue Fire Station

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...

The Enduring Legacy of the Castle on the Hil

By Starlett Russell Craig I grew up in the looming shadow of the “Castle on the Hill”. My street still stands but for the cause of urban renewal, the  house that I lived in has long been  demolished. Looking back, my neighbors and friends on Circle Street were like...
“Anything Goes…”: Ellington’s S & W Cafeteria

“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...
Transitioning: Ellington’s Asheville High School

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...