A federal jury has found the insurer is not liable for the $6 million claim, due to the owner’s “participation” in the arson. (pictured: an AFD firefighter hauls hoses at the scene of the 2009 fire, photos by Bill Rhodes)
The claw of the demolition machine chomped through the Pearson House like a metal jaw. With each bite, the historic home revealed itself room by room. A painting still hung in an upstairs room. For those present for the demolition, this would be the last time the “grand lady” would stand on the grounds of the Richmond Hill Inn. The demolition happened Wednesday, Feb. 1. (photo by Caitlin Byrd)
I would like to thank the folks who came out to Richmond Hill Park on a cold December morning to hack and kill the enemy: invasive exotic weeds. With the help of the Western North Carolina Alliance, we cut back Chinese privet and multiflora rose, two very nasty nonnative plants that are damaging native forests […]
It’s time to say good-bye to the Richmond Hill Inn, Asheville. After OM Sanctuary announced its plans in August to transform the historic grounds into a wellness-oriented retreat center, the nonprofit wants to give the public a chance to experience the grounds in a Community Closure event this Saturday.(photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Even with the charred Pearson mansion still standing on its grounds, plans to transform the historic Richmond Hill Inn into the Oshun Mountain Sanctuary are under way. OM Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization, held a press conference on Friday, Aug. 5, to talk about plans for the site and give a tour.
The Oshun Mountain Sanctuary, a nonprofit “dedicated to creating a center for rejuvenation,” has purchased the site of the former Richmond Hill Inn. The group, in partnership with RiverLink, announced the purchase today, Aug. 1, and noted the intent of raising $5 million more to complete construction of the project.
Federal bankruptcy court documents filed by the owner of the Richmond Hill Inn show that the loss of the inn’s historic mansion to fire on March 20 was valued at $7 million, including $25,000 in oriental rugs, $55,000 in food and wine and an unknown amount to replace the irreplaceable — a portrait of Gabrielle Pearson, the wife of the congressman and ambassador who built the original Victorian mansion in 1889.
Five months before a devastating March 19 fire destroyed the historic Richmond Hill Inn, legal battles had been heating up between the current and former owners of the property. Investigators believe the blaze was intentionally set. A landmark lost: A devastating early morning fire March 19 destroyed the Richmond Hill Inn’s historic main building. Investigators […]
Statement praises fire fighters, offers refunds to brides-to-be who booked the facility, discusses Inn’s financial state and offers assistance in fire investigation
Go to the Xpress Files to read an array of documents regarding the Richmond Hill Inn, including fire inspection reports, foreclosure proceedings and a civil lawsuit involving the past and current owners of the inn.
The fire that destroyed the historic Richmond Hill Inn early Thursday was intentionally set, according to a release from the Asheville Fire Department. There is no suspect at this time.
(UPDATED 2 p.m. with photos) Fire in the early night hours of March 19 burned an extensive portion of Richmond Hill Inn. Here’s the initial report, via citizen reporting on Twitter.