From the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County:
PSABC will host a presentation by Dale Wayne Slusser titled: “Ravenscroft: Its Architecture & History” [Saturday Jan. 25, 1:30 p.m.]. The stately brick mansion, which sits at 29 Ravenscroft Drive, is perhaps the oldest surviving building in downtown Asheville. Saved from the brink of demolition in 1979 by the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County, Ravenscroft is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a local Historic Landmark by the City of Asheville. Come and hear Mr. Slusser present not only the social history of the Ravenscroft mansion and School, but also the architectural history and influences which resulted in Ravenscroft’s unique blending of styles (A. J. Downing Picturesque and Greek Revival). Tom Phelps, and his wife Christine of Bostic, NC will be our special guests. Tom’s great grandfather, Rev. Girard W. Phelps, was one of the first students of the Ravenscroft School, attending from 1856 to 1859. Tom will read a few excerpts from his grandfather’s 1850’s diary (recorded while he was a student at Ravenscroft). An exterior tour of Ravenscroft will follow the presentation.