The Grove Arcade: One of America’s First Indoor Shopping Malls — Asheville, North Carolina

Grove Arcade -- Asheville, North Carolina Grove Arcade -- Asheville, North Carolina

The Arcade Building, also known as The Grove Arcade and Asheville Federal Building, is a historic commercial building located at Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina. It was built in 1926-1929, and is a Tudor Revival / Late Gothic Revival style building consisting of two stacked blocks. Grove Arcade -- Asheville, North Carolina
Grove Arcade -- Asheville, North Carolina The lower block is a rectangular slab with rounded corners; it is capped by the second block, a two-tier set-back. The steel frame and reinforced concrete building was designed to serve as a base for an unbuilt skyscraper. Grove Arcade -- Asheville, North Carolina
It features a roof deck with a bronze semi-elliptical balcony, molded terra cotta pilasters, and a ziggurat-like arrangement of huge ramps to the roof deck. The building occupies a full city block and housed one of America’s first indoor shopping malls. It was sold to the federal government in 1943. The building housed the National Climatic Data Center until 1995.
Grove Arcade -- Asheville, North Carolina Grove Arcade -- Asheville, North Carolina

The Grove Arcade was added to the National Register of Historic Places May 19, 1976.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s