Photographer Michael Oppenheim, essayist Laura Hope-Gill and designer Michele Scheve, the collaborators behind “Look Up Asheville: An Architectural Journey,” have recently completed a companion volume, “Look Up Asheville II.” According to a press release, “This collection draws greater attention to the work of James Vester Miller, the slavery-born contracting magnate. Miller’s partnership with Richard Sharp Smith, Asheville’s most prolific architect, spans Asheville’s real estate heyday.”
The new book, published by Grateful Steps, launched just last week. Unlike its predecessor, it breaks away from downtown Asheville architecture. “Arts and Crafts is only one style explored by Asheville’s architects,” says press. “‘Look Up Asheville II’ features the I.M. Pei Firm’s Biltmore Building, offering insight into the firm’s motives, which are often questioned by the terra-cotta-and-brick enthusiasts in town. Hope-Gill and Oppenheim also turn their eyes upon the Victorians of Montford and Chestnut Hill and explore the history of Kenilworth Apartments. Look Up Asheville II also features an In Memoriam section for the beloved Richmond Hill Inn and Stephens-Lee High School.”
The authors give a reading and book signing at Malaprop’s on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Free.