Sprinza Weizenblatt House
46 Marlborough Rd., Asheville, Buncombe County
Catherine W. Bishir, North Carolina Architecture (1990); Catherine W. Bishir, Michael T. Southern, and Jennifer F. Martin
The Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina (1999).
Dr. Weizenblatt, a Viennese opthamalogist, commissioned leading modernist Marcel Breuer, who had come to the area in connection with the avant-garde Black Mountain College, to plan her duplex residence of stone and wood in a clean, modernist style that contrasted with the generally revivalist architecture of its neighbors in the Lakeview Park suburb. It is among the earliest, if not the earliest, thorough-going International Style residences in the state. Tony Lord served as local superintending architect, an experience that dovetailed with his preference for modernist design. In a letter of May 21, 1940 (Marcel Breuer Digital Archive at the Syracuse University Libraries) Breuer wrote to Dr. Weizenblatt of his pleasure in making her acquaintance “in Asheville, last Thursday, the 16th,” summarized their discussion about the proposed two-family house, and stated that he had started with sketches and planned to send them soon. The Marcel Breuer Digital Archive at Syracuse University Libraries also includes drawings and photographs for the project.