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Asheville: A History (Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies) (2007)

by Nan K. Chase

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Nan Chase's history of Asheville explores two main aspects of the western North Carolina city: the origins of the Art-Deco architecture evident in its buildings and the rise of the modern downtown renaissance after decades of depression and a boom-and-bust economy. The chapters on the Biltmore Estate and the architecture style of the city are probably the best. The writing is accompanied by great historical pictures, from the moments buildings were first erected, to the early mountain-situated cityscape. Recommended to any one who has been enthralled by Asheville and would like to know more about its storied origins. ( )
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Asheville, North Carolina, grew from humble beginnings as a hamlet for local livestock handlers to become one of the most culturally and artistically diverse cities in the South. The city experienced a quick rise to prosperity in the late 19th century under the influence of wealthy benefactors including George W. Vanderbilt and E.W. Grove. A devastating downturn during the Great Depression was followed by slow economic revitalization up until the late 1970s. In the 1990s, however Asheville entered boom time, a period that reestablished the city as a popular retreat for tourists, artists, and retirees.

Here in this book is all the fascinating history of Asheville, complete with a rich array of photographs. Multiple appendices reveal details concerning many lesser-known aspects of Asheville's unique history, including city buildings designed by architects Richard Sharp Smith and Douglas D. Ellington, and city projects funded by philanthropist Julian Price.

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"Asheville, North Carolina, grew from humble beginnings as a hamlet for local livestock handlers to become one of the most culturally and artistically diverse cities in the South. This book has all the fascinating history of Asheville, complete with a rich array of photographs. Multiple appendices reveal details concerning many lesser-known aspects of Asheville's unique history"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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