Asheville City Hall, Courthouse, and Splasheville

Autumn is about to arrive here in Asheville, NC so here is another round of photos in Pack Square Park before the weather changes. I am spotlighting Asheville City Hall, the Courthouse, and our water fountain “Splasheville” in this post. I’ve taken photos of these landmarks before, but it’s intriguing to me how the lighting and sky color is so changing from day to day. Mix that in with the mood I am in, what inspires me that day, and what lenses or filters I feel like utilizing and the end result differs each time. In general I think that’s a good recipe for what makes photographers and images stand apart from one another. Technical aspects such as composition, exposure and aperture come in to play too (not to mention post-processing and the infinite possibilities one can arrive at), but the most important part of photography for me is the passion and drive to always learn. If I didn’t have it, well, hopefully someone would slap me and tell me to stop.

I digress… on to the photos.

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville Courthouse (left) and City Hall

Asheville's City Hall

Asheville City Hall, in the Art Deco style

Splasheville fountain

One view of Splasheville in downtown

Splasheville

180º turn around from the last shot of Splasheville

The Grove Arcade in Downtown Asheville, NC

The Grove Arcade was built by E.W. Grove, who is also the creator of the historic Grove Park Inn. The Grove Arcade was completed in 1929, two years after E.W. Grove passed away. “Tenants included candy and cigar stores, a haberdashery, a public stenography office, fruit stands, millinery shops, beauty parlors and barbershops, a photography center, bookstalls and specialty groceries.” Read more about this fine piece of architecture on The Grove Arcade’s web site.

Grove Arcade in Asheville, North Carolina

Grove Arcade in Asheville, North Carolina

See it on flickr, too

Flat Iron Building in Asheville

Continuing my downtown Asheville photo series… here is the Flat Iron Building. This vantage point is looking down Battery Park Ave. The street that runs parallel on the left side of the Flat Iron Building is Wall St. Inside are mostly business offices and at the base are restaurants, a coffee shop and a few shops. On the top floor is the (somewhat hard to find) Sky Bar.

The Flat Iron Building in Asheville, North Carolina

The Flat Iron Building in Asheville, North Carolina

See it on flickr

Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville, NC

The impressive Basilica of St. Lawrence in downtown Asheville, NC.

Basilica of St. Lawrence in downtown Asheville, NC

Basilica of St. Lawrence in downtown Asheville, NC

Jackson Building in Downtown Asheville, NC

The Jackson Building is my favorite piece of architecture in downtown Asheville. Completed in 1924, it was the first skyscraper to be built in western North Carolina. Real estate developer L. B. Jackson commissioned Ronald Greene to design the Neo-Gothic style skyscraper to promote his faith in the continued strength of the 1920s local real estate market [nps.gov].

Jackson Building in Downtown Asheville, NC

Jackson Building in Downtown Asheville, NC

Also see it on my flickr