Caledonia Rd., Asheville, NC
Douglas Swaim, ed., Cabins and Castles: The History and Architecture of Buncombe County, North Carolina (1981).
Built to replace the Kenilworth Inn I, which burned, the Kenilworth Inn II became the centerpiece of a residential suburb for which Ronald Greene designed several houses. The architectural authorship of the Kenilworth II is not entirely clear. The Asheville Citizen of September 22, 1916 reported, “Carolina Woods Products Company Signs Contract for the Erection of Kenilworth Inn and Will Start at Once.” The article noted that developer J.M. Chiles had signed with the company and also cited “Charles Parker, Architect.” It explained, “The plans and specifications for the new hotel have been completed by Charles Parker, who spent several weeks in preparing them. Mr. Parker told The Citizen yesterday that the hotel would have about 150 rooms.” (A recent visitor to the Pack Library in Asheville recalled having seen the architectural drawings for the Kenilworth II signed by Parker, several years ago; these have been lost.) The Kenilworth Company’s Nov. 13, 1916, memorandum of agreement with Carolina Wood Products made no mention of Parker but cited “the firm of Donaldson & Meir of Detroit, Michigan and Roland [sic] Greene of Asheville.” Parker may have been dropped from the project between September and November. On November 19, 1916, the Asheville Citizen reported on construction work in town: “The Kenilworth Inn contract, now in the hands of the builders, the Carolina Woods Products company is the leading feature in this great march of development. In talking yesterday to Mr. E.A. Fonda, general manager of the house department of the C.W.P. Co., he said: “Yes, we ourselves, have contracted for approximately three quarters of a million dollars for construction work in the city of Asheville, alone.” Fonda stated, “The hotel, which is strictly English architecture, has been designed and planned throughout in the architectural department of the Carolina Woods Products company, with the assistance of Mr. Donaldson, of the architectural firm of Donaldson and Meir, of Detroit, Mich, acting in the capacity of consulting architect.” Whether Parker’s design was used in the final project is unknown.