The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

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Biltmore Village

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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  Biltmore Village, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
To purchase a print of this drawing by author/artist Lee Pantas, visit Cherry Orchard Studio

    When George W. Vanderbilt began building Biltmore Estate near Asheville in the late 1880s, he planned a picturesque manorial village to be built just outside the entrance to Biltmore Estate.
Constructed in the early 1900s, the Village was primarily the work of Richard Hunt, Frederick Law Olmsted and Richard Smith. Today, Biltmore Village is a charming community of shops, restaurants and galleries offering world class shopping in an historic setting. Be sure and take time to park your car and take a walking tour of the many shops housed in the original historic buildings.
    Planning began in 1889 and by 1896 the streets were laid in a fan shape. At the front of the railroad depot, Olmsted (who was instrumental in developing the village plan) placed a plaza, a simple diamond-shaped area framed by larger commercial buildings. At the opposite end of this axis, the Church of All Souls dominated the view as the tallest building in the Village. These primary elements of the central spine of the Village still dominate the scene today.
    All other streets were laid out in short lengths, with views terminated into lots at the end. The result isCathedral of All Souls that views are contained within the Village so that the “outside world” does not intrude into the setting. All Souls Church (now Cathedral of All Souls), parish house, estate office and the railway station were then built. Buildings were added to the Village until about 1910, and shortly after Vanderbilt’s death, the Village was sold. It was declared a National Historic District and a Local Historic District in 1989.
   Buildings of special historical interest in Biltmore Village are the Cathedral Of All Souls, the Administration Building at 1 Biltmore Plaza, the Depot, The Samuel Harrison Reed House at 119 Dodge Street and the cottages throughout the main section of the village.
    Biltmore Village is also noted for its Christmas festival that surrounds the enacting of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This enchanting festival includes concerts, lighting displays and arts and crafts exhibits.

Website: Biltmore Village
Directions: I-40 Exit 50 North on Highway 25/Biltmore Avenue. Right immediately after All Souls Cathedral. From downtown Asheville, take Biltmore Avenue south from Pack Square through the hospital district.

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