Asheville Historic Buildings-Part IV

Located at 22 S. Pack Square is the site of the most treasured and most photographed skyscraper in our downtown area; The Jackson Building.
Asheville is chock full of beautiful art deco structures so the guests At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn are not lacking for places to snap a pretty picture but this place is special. At 13 stories this Neo-gothic structure has a plethora of fan appeal. Everyone wants to know if they can go to the top and view the city. The answer to that is no, it unfortunately is not available for that purpose. Completed in 1924 it is the first building to earn the title skyscraper in Western North Carolina.

It was commissioned for design by Ronald Greene by Real estate developer L. B. Jackson to illustrate his faith in the real estate market of the 1920’s. It actually has a search light specifically placed to draw the attention of tourists in the city. It’s height makes it perfect for those lost to use as a landmark and “Can you see that very skinny, very tall building from where you are now?” is a frequent question asked by Gary and I as we answer the “help, I’m lost calls” directed to our Asheville Bed and Breakfast.

Constructed on a particularly tiny 27′ X 60’piece of real estate, the general consensus was at the time that it was entirely too small to be built on…. the Jackson building strong steel frames began to snake upwards, later to be framed in brick and terra cotta and adorned near the top with watchful stone gargoyles rendering it, despite it’s reed like appearance, impressive.

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