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Dear Internet Visitor:

Welcome to Asheville, NC! Asheville and the surrounding area have long been known as a premier resort destination in the southeastern United States. Nestled between the scenic Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains in Western North Carolina, Asheville provides visitors with abundant natural beauty as well as historic and cultural diversity. Since the late 19th century, famous architects, landscape designers, and entrepreneurs have recognized Asheville as an area of great promise. Even millionaire George Vanderbilt was drawn to the magic of our mountains. Enthralled by the region's beauty, he constructed America's largest private residence, the Biltmore Estate, here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

In the early part of the 20th century, Asheville's pristine environment and clean mountain air became known for its “healing” qualities. Tuberculosis hospitals and other places of healing brought many famous Americans to our city including Edwin Wiley Grove and George Willis Pack. Often times they fell in love with the mountains and the city and decided to stay. Much of their early influence can still be seen in the buildings and green spaces around our community including the Grove Park Inn and Pack Square.

Asheville and Buncombe County are fortunate to have retained many of our original historic places. We are proud of the diverse array of architectural styles that often amazes those not familiar with our city's history. Douglas Ellington, Raphael Guastavino, Richard Sharp Smith and other famous architects left their personal mark on this city that is called the "Paris of the South.”

The Asheville community has been blessed with an eclectic blend of cultures that provides us with a rich heritage. From the American Indian culture to a vibrant art and crafts community, Asheville provides visitors with a wealth of fulfilling experiences. Many of these cultures are evident in the architectural masterpieces that we would like to share with you.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy our tour of Asheville's architectural gems--some of the most famous resort and retreat locations in the world.

Charles R. Worley
Mayor, City of Asheville

Nathan Ramsey
Chairman, Buncombe County Commission


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