Asheville
Urban Trail

Station #8 - Flat Iron Architecture

Flat Iron Architecture
 
Listen:

Turn the corner and you'll discover a fabulously large iron, a replica of one used by a local laundry (artist: Reed Todd). In 1923 E. W. Grove built a major department store, now the Haywood Park Hotel, opposite this corner.  The Flat Iron Building (1926) followed soon afterward, designed by Albert Wirth and reminiscent of the ground-breaking 1902 skyscraper that graces Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. 

Urban Trail Stations

Cat Statue on Wall St

Bronze cats mark the site of an original retaining wall for a hill later removed by E.W. Grove to develop that part of…

Grove Arcade

A glass etching (temporarily unavailable) shows the original plans for the Grove Arcade, including a full-fledged tower…

Historic Hilltop

This "signature" station celebrates both “old” and “new” Battery Park Hotels, the first destroyed by fire, but both…

Guastavino's Monument

The Basilica of St. Lawrence features North America's largest self-supporting elliptical dome.

Appalachian Stage

Five bronze figures seemingly float to the rhythms of Appalachian music, a tribute to the songs of the mountains.

Shopping Daze

This forged-metal representation of three well-heeled and hatted ladies with a small dog in tow commemorates an era when…

Marketplace

A basket of apples balanced over wagon wheels recalls a time when produce markets and livery stables lined Lexington…

Legacy of Design

The unbridled imagination of a boy on stilts captures the spirit of architect Richard Sharp Smith who left a lasting…