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

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Oteen VA Hospital
Historic District

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Oteen VA Hospital Historic District

Asheville VA HosptialLocated in the Oteen district of Asheville on US Highway 70 just beyond the intersection of Highway 70 and Riceville Road, the Oteen Veterans Administration Hospital District is a striking collection of massive yellow stucco Georgian Revival and white frame Colonial Revival buildings. As Riceville Road leaves Highway 70 at the foot of the hospital’s lawn it runs north through the district and divides employees’ dormitories and other residential structures to its west from the facility’s main campus.

The structures included in the Historic District were built between 1924 and 1940 to replace a large collection of frame buildings which had served as U.S. Army General Hospital No. 19 in the late teens and early twenties. The work accomplished at the Oteen location turned out to be one of the nation’s best and most beautiful permanent military hospitals. The focus of care at the hospital was tubercular and respiratory treatment. Today the hospital still functions as a major care center, although some of the outlying buildings have been converted to apartment use.

Directions: Take US Highway 70 east from Tunnel Road to just beyond the intersection of Highway 70 and Riceville Road.





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