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Modern Monday | Kenilworth’s International Style

We are frequently asked about this home from our modern loving clients. They want to live there and we don’t blame them. It is one of the few examples of International Style homes here in Asheville which includes the Marcel Breuer designed home in Lakeview Park.GetImage

This home on Kenilworth Ave was constructed in 1948. The architect was Ronald Green who also designed the Jackson Building downtown, Longchamps Apartments {now condos} down from Grove Park Inn and the Gay Green House on Pearson Ave in Montford. The home was constructed using concrete blocks and reinforce concrete cantilevers with flat roofs. Like our clients…we love it. Happy Monday!

The Echoes of Mies Van Der Rohe

A Commentary on the BB&T Building in downtown Asheville.  

north-west-bank-1965Local Architect Mark Allison was generous enough to send me his new video commentary on the BB&T Building. Enjoy this interesting history into the architectural influences of Mies Van Der Rohe.  Copy the link at the bottom of this post into your address bar.

The BB&T Building was completed in 1965 as the headquarters for North Western Bank.  It is 18 stories, was built by George Goodyear and designed by D. Gene Whittington.  

The BB&T building reflects the International style of Mies Van Der Rohe.  Mies’s thirty years as an American architect reflect a more structural, pure approach towards achieving his goal of a new architecture for the 20th Century.  He focused his efforts on the idea of enclosing open and adaptable spaces with clearly arranged structural frameworks, featuring pre-manufactured steel shapes infilled with large sheets of glass.  His early projects at the IIT campus and for developer Herb Greenwald opened the eyes of Amercians to a style that seemed a natural progression of the almost forgotten 19th century Chicago School style.   His architecture with origins in the German Bauhaus and western European International Style became an accepted mode of building for American cultural and educational institutions, developers, public agencies, and large corporations.  

The BB&T building does not live up to some key design principles of Mies as Mark will point out in his video.  

Thanks Mark!

(text by Troy Winterrowd, photo courtesy of the Pack Memorial Library)