Overlook Castle

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Overlook
Overlook Castle in 1920.jpg
Overlook Castle in 1920
Overlook Castle is located in North Carolina
Overlook Castle
Location 710 Town Mountain Rd., Asheville, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°36′40″N 82°32′4″W / 35.61111°N 82.53444°W / 35.61111; -82.53444Coordinates: 35°36′40″N 82°32′4″W / 35.61111°N 82.53444°W / 35.61111; -82.53444
Area 6 acres (2.4 ha)
Built 1914
Architectural style Other, English manor
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80002804[1]
Added to NRHP October 22, 1980

Overlook is a historic house in Asheville, North Carolina. It was built from 1912–14 for Fred Loring Seely, the son in law of Edwin Wiley Grove. He built the castle after his father-in-law gave him ten acres on top of Sunset Mountain. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 1980.[1]

History[edit]

The Castle, at 22,0000 square foot in size, has had six known owners. The Seelys lived there until 1942, when Mr. Seely died at age 70. Mrs. Seely then moved to the Battery Park Hotel in downtown Asheville. In the winter of 1949, Evelyn Grove Seely, daughter of entrepreneur Edwin Wiley Grove and widow of Fred Seely, offered to sell her former home to the second owner, Asheville-Biltmore College. The college was there from 1949 to 1961, until they outgrew the available facilities. The limited area for developing new buildings caused the trustees to move the college to its current site on the northern edge of Asheville. The UNCA trustees sold the Castle and surrounding acreage to the Holiday Inn chain. They were the third owners. They kept some of the land behind the Castle and built a Holiday Inn building on this land. The county did not know the building was intended to be a commercial hotel so the owners were not granted a final permit. The owners converted the massive new block shaped building into a condominium complex (units selling for $99,000 in 2014).

   The chain owners sold the Castle and surrounding landscaped hillside to Jerry Sternberg for $40,000. He was the fourth owner. He convinced his wife that she would enjoy the Castle since she could have a 1,000 square foot closet. He upgraded the heating system from coal to oil fuel and put a new roof on the structure. He planned to turn the house into a museum but his plan never came to fruition. He then sought to turn the facility over to a non-profit organization.  Overlook Ministries was the fifth owner. The sixth and current owner is the Wells family.  They acquired it in 1984 and restored it to its original splendor.[2]......................................

Architecture[edit]

The castle has two large glass windows that offer a panoramic view of Asheville. There are Jacobean ceilings. The castle is situated on the top of the mountain and is surrounded by English gardens.

   The chain owners sold the Castle and surrounding landscaped hillside to Jerry Sternberg for $40,000. He was the fourth owner. He convinced his wife that she would enjoy the Castle since she could have a 1,000 square foot closet. He upgraded the heating system from coal to oil fuel and put a new roof on the structure. He planned to turn the house into a museum but his plan never came to fruition. He then sought to turn the facility over to a non-profit organization.  Overlook Ministries was the fifth owner. The sixth and current owner is the Wells family.  They acquired it in 1984 and restored it to its original splendor.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b Lois Staton (July 1980). "Overlook" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-08-01.