The once grand, Vanderbilt Hotel, built in 1924 and designed by W. L. Stoddard, was modified in the 1960’s. At that time the U. S. Government in the 1960’s and 1970’s was to provide modest housing for the elderly in either new buildings or in renovated buildings. If an ornate building was approved for a federal grant for retrofitting for apartments, it was the policy of the U. S. Government to have all of the decorative façade removed by the developer during the retrofit. The thought behind this policy was to demonstrate to the public that public funds were not being lavishly spent on public housing units. Such was the fate of the ornate façade of the George Vanderbilt Hotel.
The building was again renovated in the the late 1990’s by Public Interest Projects. Read more here
Next to the Vanderbilt Hotel is the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium still found today inside the US Cellular Center.
For people in the Asheville area, a memorial service for Daryl Rantis is being planned to share a remembrance of Daryl that we can send to his family. Here are the details:
It is with a heavy heart that I am reaching out to you about our friend Daryl. I wanted to let you know that a group of folks are organizing a Memorial for Daryl for those folks that cannot attend tomorrow’s service in Portland OR. It will be located at the Asheville Jewish Community Center (JCC) on Sunday March 30th from 3:30-5:30. The Asheville JCC is located at 236 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Please RSVP and add your name to the contact list if you will be able to attend. We will also use this list in case there are any changes during the planning of the memorial. If you send this e-mail to other folks who are friends of Daryl, please copy me and have them RSVP and add their names to the contact list as well
Other than a few opening remarks in the beginning of the memorial thus far the following is planned:
· A slideshow of Daryl – please send photos you have to Amy Worsham at email@example.com
· A video camera so people can record a moment of remembrance of Daryl for his family
· Display some of Daryl’s work – please send work examples to Joe Minicozzi at firstname.lastname@example.org
The intent is for us to gather together to remember Daryl and celebrate his life.
I hope you can join us.
ASHEVILLE — Workers began tearing apart the former FlyingFrog Cafe building Friday morning, part of the job of removing two dilapidated buildings on Haywood Street across from U.S. Cellular Center.
The job of demolishing that building and the former Handipark parking garage next door is scheduled to be completed in about two weeks, said John Gavin, project manager for city government. It will take another two weeks for workers to erect retaining walls and stabilize the site, he said. . . . more for Asheville Citizen Times
AIA NC is pleased to annouce the 2014 Design Conference at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, NC September 25-27. Mark your calendar for this event– the only statewide design conference for the over 2000 members of AIA North Carolina for 2014.