Sunday, March 23, 2008

Another View Of Haywood Street


This is peering in the direction away from the Civic Center.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I-240 Above Lexington Avenue


I remember these shops in the foreground of Lexington Avenue being Broadway's, a club which frequently hosted 80s night dance parties, as well as The Octupus Garden, before they moved up the road a block or two to their current location.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Grove Arcade


The official web site says that

The Grove Arcade was the grand dream of E.W. Grove, a self-made millionaire who moved to Asheville in 1910. By 1915, he had completed the Grove Park Inn and become involved in other civic projects. Grove understood that a successful city needed a vibrant downtown. In the early 1920's, he began plans to build an elegant new building to enliven the downtown of the city he had come to love. He conceived of the Arcade as "the most elegant building in America"—and as a new kind of retail center. Architect Charles N. Parker designed the Arcade, which was originally envisioned as a 5-story base with a 14-story tower, filled with shops, offices, and living spaces.

Dr. Grove died in 1927, two years before the building was completed. Only the base was built, yet at 269,000 square-feet, it was by far, the largest building in the region. When the Arcade opened in 1929, it quickly became home to a fine collection of local shops and services. Tenants included candy and cigar stores, a haberdashery, a public stenography office, fruit stands, millinery shops, beauty parlors and barbershops, a photography center, bookstalls and specialty groceries. Offices filled the upper floors. For 13 years, the Arcade was the center of commercial and civic life in Western North Carolina.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Overlooking Haywood Street

This is Haywood Street, home of the library, The Civic Center, and Basilica of St Lawrence Catholic Church.