The 33rd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 21 - 23, 2020
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
Each year, since the beginning of the National Arts & Crafts Conference, the Asheville-Buncombe County Preservation Society has organized a three-hour afternoon bus tour that has included stops and interior viewings of up to 4 homes and buildings of interest to Arts & Crafts attendees. Docents accompany each tour, both on the bus and inside each home, giving a brief history of Asheville and the homes on the tour.
Proceeds of the tour benefit the Preservation Society’s efforts to preserve Asheville and Buncombe County’s historic architecture.
The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County presents
2019 National Arts & Crafts Conference
Historic Home Tour
Saturday, February 16th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, February 17th 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County is pleased to offer five or more unique historic rooms for the February 2019 National Arts & Crafts Conference Home Tour. All homes are located in National Register-listed Norwood Park which offers an ecclectic mix of houses mostly built between 1912 and the 1930s.
The houses presented in this year's tour include:
Clyde R. Pike House - 25 Norwood Ave.
The exterior of the unusal Craftsman bungalow is graced with classical columns and Craftsman-era trim. The roof has the Grove Park area's distinctive curved "false thatched" treatment with bracketed soffits. The interior is stunning with first growth heart pine panned walls and coffered ceilings. The wood work was hand cut and pieced.
30 Norwood Avenue
This house was built by the original owner, E. W. Grove's engineer, between 1926 and 1929. He brought home broken roof tiles from the Grove Park Inn construction every day and made forms 2 feet square and 18" thick into which he poured concrete and embedded these broken tiles to create the concrete blocks that he used to construct the house.
More house listings coming soon!
Docents will be available at each house to answer your questions. The tour will happen rain or shine, so participants should bring a raincoat or umbrella as needed. Participants should be able to walk several city blocks and negotiate stairs and public walkways. There are no paper tickets you need to pick up for the event - instead you can pick up your pass at the Preservation Society table at the Omni Grove Park Inn. (This should not be confused with the Conference Events Pass attendees will receive upon checking in at the Grove Park Inn - this tour pass will be a separate pass)
The tour bus will run approximately every 30 minutes - the last shuttle bus will leave at 3:30 PM - so that you can do your tour between your other conference activities.
Please see the form included in your Pre-Conference Information Packet to sign up for the tour. You will need to mail the form using the address provided. Otherwise, visit the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County's website for more information:
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