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 School
Historic District

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Mitchell Hall, at Asheville School, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
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Asheville School Historic District
   The Asheville School and its attendant buildings compose the Asheville School Historic District. This lovely park like campus is approximately 276 acres, with a winding entrance road lined with native evergreens. These were planted by Chauncey Beadle, landscape gardener for Biltmore Estate, who donated his design services to the school. Asheville School is still in operation today, many years after its founding in 1900, and still provides excellent secondary education as a private boarding school. It was founded by Newton Anderson and Charles Mitchell. Over the years, they commissioned many prominent architects to design the campus buildings, including John Milton Dyer, Thomas Hibben, and Anthony Lord. The result was a collection of wonderful and architecturally impressive buildings.

Following the entrance road you will pass in front of the three main administration buildings and then around to the larger structures, Anderson Hall, Mitchell Hall and Lawrence Hall, all on your right.

Anderson Hall (NRHP) Asheville School Rd.
This building was built as the main academic building in 1900 and is the oldest one on the campus. It was de-signed by John Milton Dyer of Cleveland and is Tudor Revival in style. Constructed primarily of brick with limestone lintels and sills on the first and second floor windows, it is three stories tall.

Mitchell Hall, Asheville School, Asheville NC, by Lee James PantasMitchell Hall (NRHP) Asheville School Rd.
Built in 1903, this building was also designed by Dyer and is a long, linear plan with porches on the front and rear of the building. Walls on the lower floors are brick, with half-timbering on the uppermost floors. The exterior and interior design of this superb building is Art Deco with Tudor Revival detailing.

Lawrence Hall (NRHP) Asheville School Rd.
Lawrence Hall is the third of the main campus buildings and was constructed in 1907. It is likely that Dyer also designed this building. The building was originally used as a dormitory, which it remains today along with administrative use. Three stories high, it is Tudor Revival in style.

Directions: To reach the Asheville School Historic District, take Patton Avenue west from Pritchard Park. Continue on Patton Avenue (19-23 South); 3.4 miles after you cross over the French Broad River, look for Asheville School Road on your left just beyond Goodwill Industries.
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