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The Asheville School
and its attendant buildings compose the Asheville School Historic District. This
lovely park like campus is approximately 276 acres, with a winding entrance road
lined with native evergreens. These were planted by Chauncey Beadle, landscape
gardener for Biltmore Estate, who donated his design services to the school.
Asheville School is still in operation today, many years after its founding in
1900, and still provides excellent secondary education as a private boarding
school. It was founded by Newton Anderson and Charles Mitchell. Over the years,
they commissioned many prominent architects to design the campus buildings,
including John Milton Dyer, Thomas Hibben, and Anthony Lord. The result was a
collection of wonderful and architecturally impressive buildings.
Following the entrance road you will pass in front of the three main
administration buildings and then around to the larger structures, Anderson
Hall, Mitchell Hall and Lawrence Hall, all on your right.
Anderson Hall (NRHP) Asheville School Rd.
This building was built as the main academic building in 1900 and is the oldest
one on the campus. It was de-signed by John Milton Dyer of Cleveland and is
Tudor Revival in style. Constructed primarily of brick with limestone lintels
and sills on the first and second floor windows, it is three stories tall.
Hall (NRHP) Asheville School Rd.
Built in 1903, this building was also designed by Dyer and is a long, linear
plan with porches on the front and rear of the building. Walls on the lower
floors are brick, with half-timbering on the uppermost floors. The exterior and
interior design of this superb building is Art Deco with Tudor Revival
Lawrence Hall (NRHP) Asheville School Rd.
Lawrence Hall is the third of the main campus buildings and was constructed in
1907. It is likely that Dyer also designed this building. The building was
originally used as a dormitory, which it remains today along with administrative
use. Three stories high, it is Tudor Revival in style.
Directions: To reach the Asheville School Historic
District, take Patton Avenue west from Pritchard Park.
Continue on Patton Avenue (19-23 South); 3.4 miles after you
cross over the French Broad River, look for Asheville School
Road on your left just beyond Goodwill Industries.