College St. and Lexington Ave.

Here is the intersection of College St. and Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville.

Adorn Salon occupies the bottom of the main building pictured here.

Intersection

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Pack Square Park

Asheville, NC has some pretty incredible sunsets. This image was taken in the newly built Pack Square Park, which hosts Shindig on the Green and other events. The area in the center is Splashville, a fountain where children have a blast playing in the summer time.

Picture of Asheville, NC

The main buildings from left to right are Pack’s Tavern, Jackson Building (tallest), Vance Monument (pointed structure in center), BB&T building, and One North Pack, which is Biltmore’s new event and wedding space.

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Basilica of St. Lawrence

A photo of the magnificent Basilica of St. Lawrence on Haywood St. in downtown Asheville, NC. This is a Roman Catholic Church built by architect Rafael Guastavino. He is actually buried in the crypt of the Basilica.

Basilica in Asheville

On a future blog post I will post interior shots of this church. The interior features his gorgeous tile work.

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French Broad Chocolate Lounge

French Broad Chocolate Lounge at 10 S. Lexington Ave is a great place to go for chocolatey-goodness, desserts, coffee and tea in downtown Asheville.

Chocolate Lounge

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Chicken Alley Entrance on Woodfin St.

Here is shot looking up Woodfin St. This section is sandwiched in between Broadway St (top) and Lexington Ave (behind photo vantage point). The entrance to Chicken Alley is now marked by a mural; notice the chicken at bottom right of photo. According to the Asheville Paranormal Society Dr. Jamie Smith’s ghost has resided in Chicken Alley for over 100 years. Dr. Smith was killed in a bar-room confrontation in 1902 at Broadway’s Tavern and after a fire destroyed the tavern his ghost became victim of the nearby alley.

Whether you believe in ghost stories or not, it’s worth venturing in to Chicken Alley if you are visiting Asheville.

Chicken Alley entrance

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Asheville Art Museum

Here is the exterior of the Asheville Art Museum in Pack Place. Where this building stands used to be the First National Bank and then it housed the old Pack Memorial Library, named after George Willis Pack. It was a castle structure worth checking out.

Asheville Art Museum

You can see more historic Pack Square photos on WNC Magazine’s website.

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Grove Arcade

The Grove Arcade was built by E.W. Grove; he is also the creator of the Grove Park Inn. Grove Arcade was completed in 1929, two years after E.W. Grove died. “Tenants included candy and cigar stores, a haberdashery, a public stenography office, fruit stands, millinery shops, beauty parlors and barbershops, a photography center, bookstalls and specialty groceries.” Visit The Grove Arcade’s web site for more information on this fine piece of architecture.

Exterior of Grove Arcade

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Photo of Asheville

The beautiful city of Asheville, North Carolina. This photo was taken at sunset just before the sun descended behind the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

Asheville, NC

Photo by Derek Olson

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