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Asheville NC Architectural Styles

Asheville, NC is home to a wide variety of architectural styles, which include, but are not limited to: Gothic, Spanish Renaissance, Neo-classical, Art Deco, Beaux Arts, Romanesque Revival, and French Renaissance. The Grove Arcade is one of my favorite buildings in Asheville, NC. It was built in the late 1920’s and is described as a Tudor Revival and late Gothic Revival style building. 

The Grove Arcade was planned by businessman and developer Edwin Grove, but brought to life by architect Charles N. Parker in the late 1920s. Grove envisioned it as “the most elegant building in America” – full of retail, office, and residential spaces to bring new life to Asheville’s downtown.

Charles Parker combined various architectural styles to create the arcade. The entrance to the building is distinctly Palladian in design with its column-style facade. This style takes its name from Palladio, an Italian Renaissance architect who popularized the use of classical shapes and colonnades to support roof structures. The Grove Arcade is also described as being “gothic” thanks to Parker’s use of dramatic ornamentation and the large vertical proportions of the exterior.

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