Jackson Building

Contributors:
Samuel I. Bean, stone and tile contractor; Ronald Greene, architect; Luther L. Merchant, contractor
Dates:

1923-1924

Location:
Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address:

22 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC

Status:

Standing

Type:

Commercial

Images Puslished In:

Catherine W. Bishir, North Carolina Architecture (1990).
Catherine W. Bishir, Michael T. Southern, and Jennifer F. Martin, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina (1999).
David R. Black, Historic Architectural Resources of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina (1979).
Douglas Swaim, ed., Cabins and Castles: The History and Architecture of Buncombe County, North Carolina (1981).

Note:

The slender 13-story building on a tiny lot was the first skyscraper in western North Carolina. Designed by architect Greene for young real estate developer L. B. Jackson, the steel-framed brick building features elaborate glazed terra cotta ornament in a Gothic Revival style that emphasizes its height. It stands on the lot where Thomas Wolfe’s father had his monument shop. Originally, the building had more spires and a searchlight on top that cast a beam for 30 miles.