In the fall of 2019, the city of Asheville unveiled a proposal to secure the future of the century-old Thomas Wolfe cabin in East Asheville’s Azalea Park. What has happened since?
Asheville artist Jenny Kiehn’s work will be featured in an exhibit at Covenant Community Church. Plus, Story Parlor celebrates its first anniversary, Downtown After 5 kicks off its 35th season and Juniper Bends returns after a COVID-related absence.
The nearly 75-year-old facility was identified as a potential historic resource through the city’s African American Heritage Research Survey.
To bring old buildings up to modern-day standards involves architectural assessments, electrical upgrades, plumbing revamps and structural repairs — challenges that many preservationists are now facing, and seeking to fund, as Asheville’s turn-of-the-century landmarks continue into their second hundred years.
“City Council, we demand that you comply with the Unified Development Ordinance and deny the Killians’ request for a conditional zoning permit.”
The findings of Priscilla Robinson’s 14-year project are published, a recent Asheville High graduate earns a spot in the prestigious GRAMMY Camp and more area arts news.
“Can we allow for growth and address our affordable housing needs while also combating climate change and maintaining the character of our neighborhoods?”
“In my experience, healthy development is always a negotiation and always requires developers to revise their initial ambitious plans.”
“Asheville is changing, and since affordable housing is already in short supply, every neighborhood has a responsibility to accept its share of new, denser residential projects, despite the inevitable protests by vocal citizen groups.”
Zelda Fitzgerald Week is back, after last year’s annual event was canceled due to COVID-19. Also: North Carolina Stage Company debuts its latest production; Beer Sister Cities of Perpetual Indulgence release its latest online series; and more!
Rise Up: A Celebration of African American History and Culture returns for a second consecutive year with a virtual twist. Also: Asheville Wisdom Exchange launches; The Magnetic Theatre celebrates its first live performance of 2021; and plenty more.
As plans to redevelop 6.84 acres along Charlotte Street into a mixed-use development move forward, residents are rallying to protect a dozen buildings from demolition.
Jessie Landl, the new executive director of the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, discusses the challenges of stepping into a leadership role during COVID-19.
Across Asheville, community members are honoring and reflecting on the 400th anniversary of the landing of the first enslaved Africans in England’s North American colonies in 1619.
“Many people come in and have an idea of what kind of house they want: an older home like a Victorian or Arts and Crafts, a bungalow, a ranch, midcentury modern, a fixer-upper, a new green build,” says Stephanie Cochran, a broker with Mosaic Realty. “In many towns that pinpoints the area where you will look. But in Asheville, so many neighborhoods have a mix of many if not all of those.”
Local architects, preservationists and city officials discuss the evolving look of downtown Asheville.
he Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County has recently declared a new partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The new affiliation will allow the local nonprofit to protect the city’s unique historic locations with more funding support, says Executive Director Jack Thomson.