Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville

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The Smith-McDowell House is located in Asheville, North Carolina. It is the city's first mansion and oldest surviving house, and the oldest brick structure in Buncombe County.The house was constructed in the 1840s for James McConnell Smith. His daughter Sarah Smith-McDowell and her husband, William Wallace McDowell bought the house after her parents died. It is a blend of architectural styles dating from its original 1840 construction and additions completed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The floor plan is typical of Adam style, better known as Federal style in America.It is a double-pile plan, Flemish bond, five-bay mansion that features a double-tier porch semi-engaged beneath an extension of its gable roof. Each three-bay end wall has a pair of interior chimneys. The brick walls are 12 to 20 inches thick. The original Federal character that dominated the house's exterior remains in the large fanlights above the front doors and in the delicacy of the front porch that is supported by twelve slender fluted columns (six on each level). The house has corbelled cornices that feature dentils. The exterior of the building at one time displayed penciling, and remnants remain in several spots. Although much of the dwelling's original Greek Revival interior woodwork was replaced during a Neoclassical style remodeling in 1913, the second floor's mantels, window frames, and door frames are original, dating from the 1840s. A one-story semicircular sunroom was added to the southern end wall in the late 1880s.
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  • We enjoyed our short tour of this local historical landmark and would recommend the self-guided tour if you have an extra half hour. Our friendly, knowledgeable docent walked with us through some of t...  more »
  • Me and my wife had a great time and were very well informed during visit. There were several rooms that displayed vastly different periods of furnishings. The tour guide's name escapes me, but was an ...  more »
  • Visited this museum per the encouragement of some colleagues and wasn't disappointed. The museum is host to a lot of local history and an example of one of the area;s finest brick homes of the period....  more »
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  • A true jewel in the Asheville community!
  • Well preserved piece of local history.
  • Staff was knowledgeable, but not a lot to see. Still a nice historical stop.
  • My husband wanted to tour the house on his birthday and after entering we watched a quick video. Then Sharon took us on a facinating tour. She is so very knowledgeable and passionate about the house it was contagious!!!
  • A beautifully restored 1840's house showing how the super rich lived during the last half of the 1800's. Beautiful antique furniture, china, and other house furnishings, Great historical descriptions of life prior, during, and after the civil war in a part of the south which did not actually have any battles. No demonstrators, or even the facility to have them, at this time.

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