Asheville
Architecture Trail

Station #2 - Buncombe County Courthouse

Buncombe County Courthouse
 

City planning authority John Nolen recommended a civic center with paired government buildings in his 1922 plan for Asheville though county officials veered away from using City Building architect Douglas Ellington and instead chose a Washington D.C. firm founded by Frank Milburn.  The Buncombe County Courthouse became the prolific firm's most opulent public building, with complex setbacks and Neo-Classical ornamentation.  A sweeping marble staircase distinguishes the lobby, along with a coffered ceiling over a mosaic tile floor, together composing one of the best-preserved and most elegant Neo-Classical interiors in North Carolina.  When completed in 1928, the 17-story building became the tallest local government building in the state.

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When completed in 1928, the 17-story courthouse building became the tallest local government building in the state.