Asheville
Architecture Trail

Station #4 - Jackson Building

Jackson Building
 

Jackson Building - 1920s ArchitectureNorth Carolina's tallest skyscraper when finished in 1924, the Jackson Building rises 13 stories on a tightly hemmed 27 x 60 foot lot, standing in the original footprint of the monument shop operated by Thomas Wolfe's father.  Developer L.B. Jackson commissioned the steel-framed structure as a testament to his continued faith in Asheville's real estate market, swaying to the rhythms of the roaring twenties.  Architect Ronald Greene captured a practical and vertical charm in the building, designed in Neo-Gothic style with mountains of glass and terra cotta.  In its early days, the beam of a searchlight on its roof could be seen for thirty miles.  And, because of its height, an inspector used the building's top terrace to monitor smoke from furnaces around town.

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