Grove Arcade, Asheville

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Tour the Palladian and Gothic architecture of Grove Arcade as you indulge in a little shopping at this historical mall. The structure--designed by architect Charles N. Parker for E.W. Grove, a self-made millionaire and Asheville resident--was built in 1929 and restored in 2002. Outside, note the regal, winged lions at the north entrance. Inside, you'll find ornate, spiral staircases and the grotesques--gargoyle-like decorations that line the north and south arcades. At the outdoor Portico Market, explore the wares of farmers and craftspeople--and be sure to try some traditional fudge. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Grove Arcade and many more Asheville attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Asheville itinerary maker.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Spent an afternoon here shopping with my daughter while we waited for our Spa appointment. Plenty of stores to keep us occupied and in a gorgeous building. Even if you are not a shopper, you should ch...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Don't make a special effort. Just walk through when walking around downtown. Not sure what all the fuss is????  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    This is housed in an old building that is beautiful but it does have a mall like feeling. There are a variety of small shops. It is worth a visit. You just don't know what might scream at you that it ...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Opening: 1929. I & mom went to visit there. Wow, so beautiful place, shopping, very old building. I love it see everywhere go. 😮💜
  • July 2, 2017
    Every time I come to Asheville - I come to the Grove Arcade. This is a mall before mall's even existed. Truly a marvel in early collective commerce! I really enjoy the layout and the architecture. I understand this is from the 1920's and, to me, is the center of AVL commerce. I navigate using this location as the zero-point.
  • June 22, 2017
    Beautiful building. Battery Park Books is our favorite store inside!
  • March 14, 2017
    Beautiful building with great architecture! Discovered after hours and had to go back to check out the shops!
  • April 21, 2017
    Has some interesting places to shop and is in a good location.

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