|Location||283 Victoria Rd., Asheville, North Carolina|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||August 1, 1975|
The house was constructed in 1840 for James McConnell Smith. His daughter Sarah Smith-McDowell bought the house after her parents died. It is a blend of architectural styles dating from its original 1840 construction and additions completed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The floor plan is typical of Adam style, better known as Federal style in America.
It is a double-pile plan, Flemish bond, five-bay mansion that features a double-tier porch semi-engaged beneath an extension of its gable roof. Each three-bay end wall has a pair of interior chimneys. The brick walls are 12 to 20 inches thick. The original Federal character that dominated the house's exterior remains in the large fanlights above the front doors and in the delicacy of the front porch that is supported by twelve slender fluted columns (six on each level). The house has corbelled cornices that feature dentils. The exterior of the building at one time displayed penciling, and remnants remain in several spots. Although much of the dwelling's original Greek Revival interior woodwork was replaced during a Neoclassical style remodeling in 1913, the second floor's mantles, window frames, and door frames are original, dating from the 1840s. A one-story semicircular sunroom was added to the southern end wall in the late 1890s.
Today the house is on the grounds of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. It serves as a timeline museum showing how families lived during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "An architectural orientation to the Smith-McDowell House". Western North Carolina Historical Association. 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2009.[dead link]
- "If These Walls Could Talk: A History of the Smith-McDowell House". Western North Carolina Historical Association. 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2009.[dead link]
- Western North Carolina Historical Association: Smith-McDowell House Museum
- Asheville, North Carolina, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
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