The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Asheville High School
Historic District

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Asheville High School Historic District
     Asheville High School is an Italian Renaissance and Art Deco pink granite building that was a state-of-the-art facility when it opened February 5, 1929. It cost $1,362,601 when it was built by general contractor Palmer-Spivey Construction Co. of Charlotte, using the plans of architect Douglas D. Ellington. The main school building is visible from McDowell Street and is a large Art Deco/Italian Renaissance style structure that features a tile roof. The landscaping in front is extraordinary and the formal stairs, drives and walkways of Ellington’s plan serve as a graceful setting for the magnificent building. The whole school complex is contained within this district. Originally named Asheville High School, it was renamed Lee H. Edwards High School but was changed back to Asheville High School in 1969 when the city schools were integrated.

Directions: To reach the Asheville High School Historic District, take Patton Avenue west from Pritchard Park. Turn left onto Ashland Avenue until you reach McDowell Street. Continue on McDowell until you reach the high school at 419.



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