So, you only have thirty minutes to see Downtown Asheville. Or you have an thirty minutes before your appointment. Here are the five things you must see in Downtown. If you’ve already seen them, go back. They’re worth it.
1. St. Lawrence’s Basilica
This is a must see. The self supporting tile roof is a secret. According to Sharon Trammel, art instructor (www.sharontrammel.com) in the area, the architect would shut down work on the site if people stopped and watched for too long. He took the secret to his grave, which is also in the church.
2. The Grove Arcade
Incredible example of nineteen twenties architecture and an incredible example of how to refurbish and use a historic structure. YOu’ve got to see it.
3. City Hall and Pack Square Park.
Okay, so this is actually two things, but the Park is in front of City Hall. City Hall is a historic building with beautiful pink marble. Pack Square Park is a incredible improvement to downtown Asheville.
The Grove Park Inn sits on the slopes of the mountains directly to the northeast of Asheville. It is a huge stone structure and has hosted many famous individuals.
Why is my final choice the Thomas Wolfe House? First, its cheap. At only a buck for a ticket (fifty cents for students) everyone should see it. Second, its historic. Wolfe isn’t as popular now but he was a very influential author about a hundred years ago. And, in the name of full disclosure, I must admit I’ve never been.