The Montford Neighborhood ~ Asheville, N.C. ~A Community Embracing a Sustainable Future. Part I.
MONTFORD: Where one picture tells the story. (see photo)
The MONTFORD NEIGBORHOOD in Asheville, North Carolina: Historic and Happening!
Here is a neighborhood of about 300 acres that expresses a rich diversity of architectural styles, most constructed between 1890 and 1920.
Montford, like its residents, is a place of complex overall character.. .Romance and history are in the air, so expect to " feel" the artistic influences.
Even residents of other neighborhoods in and around Asheville find themselves drawn to Montford. Maybe you will see them strolling down a tree-lined boulevard. Maybe you will notice how often they stop to gaze at the majestic homes that grace the streets.
Maybe you will be amazed when you see this for yourself!
Certainly, you will find wondrous architectural details including those from such trendsetters as Bruce Price, Bernard Maybeck, the prominent Arts and Crafts architect, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Arts and Crafts style made popular in Asheville by noted society architect, Richard Sharp Smith, supervising Architect to Biltmore House is well-represented here in Montford. According to the National Park Service, "Smith's preference for pebbledash, shingles, high-pitched roofs and heavy stone foundations contributed to an overall form for the neighborhood.
UPDATE: Thought you might like to see a portion of the Spotlight on Montford - from presentation made by Sharon Fahrer and Joe Masters at the June CAN meeting.
Montford Neighborhood Association has the distinction of being one of the longest and most successful established neighborhood groups in Asheville. Montford has always been a diverse neighborhood, not only in terms of residents but also in housing stock, with lots of big and little houses and everything in between. ...close to downtown and to 19/23 and 240, it is a neighborhood [that has] made everyone a stakeholder in an effort to create a ["safe"] neighborhood ...One strength of the Montford Association is their newsletter, which is produced by Montford resident Joe Newman. There are 10 editions each year, with 1600 copies printed per issue. Residents all have the opportunity to contribute to the newsletter - it is a true community effort. The newsletter goes out to all residents and businesses in the neighborhood. Hard copies are hand delivered by 50 people to residents and community locations including Pack Library. The most current newsletter and 12 years of archived issues are available on the Association's web site www.montford.org. ..The Association also has a listserv to reach out to residents and interested folks. It is a great tool for fostering community discussion and dialog and keeps people in touch with each other and current issues.
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* # 2. Stay tuned for more on this very delightful neighborhood you may, one day, call home.
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