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Answered: A little history of your favorite local buildings

Take a quick trip back in time as we look at the unique features of a few beautiful + beloved Asheville buildings.


The Basilica of Saint Lawrence is a striking sight.

Photo by Joshua O.

Earlier this week, we asked you which Asheville buildings were the most beautiful. There are some stellar structures in our skyline, so we gathered a few of your favorites — and we’re sharing a bit about what makes these spaces unique.

Basilica of Saint Lawrence

As far as the poll’s multiple choices went, WNC’s only basilica came out on top. The Spanish Renaissance Revival-style church was designed by architect duo Rafael Guastavino + Richard Sharp Smith and completed in 1909.

Asheville City Hall

Multiple readers loved local government administration — or at least the Douglas Ellington-designed place where it happens. Completed in 1928, the art deco space was inspired by the mountains and Native American motifs.

The S&W Market

Another Ellington design, the market still features the details like marble steps and arched windows that made it such a masterpiece when it opened as a cafeteria in 1929.

We’ll build on the history of more of your favorites in upcoming newsletters. In the meantime, check out these iconic local landmarks.

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