Edwin Wiley Grove owned a small drug business called the Paris Medicine Company in Paris TN. He became wealthy by creating a tasteless quinine tonic. Edwin Grove came to Asheville, NC in 1897, looking for relief from his bronchial problems from the climate there.
Grove spent a lot of time in Asheville and soon became interested in investing in the area. In 1912, he built a residential neighborhood called Grove Park. He then wanted to build a large rustic lodge in Asheville, as he had seen in Yellow Stone. He could not find an Architect that could produce his vision, so his son-in-law became his partner and they built the Grove Park Inn on the West slope of Sunset Mountain. It was built on a base of massive stone with terraced steps. The Inn is still regarded as one of the finest in the world.
One of his next projects in Asheville was the Battery Park Hotel. He purchased the property, tore down the existing hotel and re-built the Battery Park Hotel with a new shopping area and offices across the street. The shopping and office area became the Grove Arcade completed in 1929, which I mentioned in my first blog.