The sixth building in our Asheville Historic Buildings segment is Asheville City Building. Ashevillians refer to this structure as the cake. As we discussed in Asheville’s Historic Buildings-Part V, the city building is the cake to the Cake box this term reflective of the manner in which the county building structure is referenced by locals.
The city building is stunningly colorful, massive and throughly Art Deco.
Douglas Ellington, arriving in Asheville in the mid 1920’s, is responsible for the design of the structure and completed it in 1928 despite the fact that municipal and county fathers could not agree on a common architect or even a mutually agreed upon design.
Ellington was responsible for other impressive architectural work in Asheville designing Firt Baptist Church, S+W Cafeteria as well as Asheville High. Ellington wanted the structure to compliment the backdrop of the mountains that surround Asheville and which all visitors note upon their arrival to our city. Guests to our Asheville Bed and Breafast, At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn, take note of the very distinctive octagonal roof with elongated terra cotta red tiles and most are very surprised it is a government building comparing it to governmental structures where they live.
Between the two levels of the roof are angular, pink Georgia marble piers between which are vertical rows of green heralding gold feather accents.
Inside, centrally will find public elevators and a large staircase with offices found in the perimeter of the structure. The second floor will find the City Manager’s Office and City Council Chambers, also reflective of Neo-Georgian fashion. Murals by N.Y.’s Clifford Addams provide the back story of the American Indians and early white settlers of the area.
While I would concur with our guests that neither our Asheville City Hall nor our County Courthouse are typical of the severe, lack luster edifices most often housing city/county offices they are truly a work of art for Ashevillians to appreciate and be proud of.
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