Built in 1929 by E.W. Grove, the Grove Arcade is a city landmark and a location for shopping, food, and apartments in Downtown Asheville. The Arcade was originally one of the most popular public markets in the country, but was re-purposed during World War II. In order to convert the Grove Arcade into a mixed-use development and return the building to its former splendor, the City of Asheville acquired this property through the Historic Surplus Property Program in 1997. Today, after undergoing numerous renovations, the Grove Arcade retains its original purpose of being a public center for Downtown Asheville.
by manufacturer turned developer E. W. Grove and designed by architect Charles
N. Parker, the Grove Arcade has been a landmark in Asheville, North Carolina,
since it opened as a public market in 1929. Designed in the Gothic and Tudor
Revival styles with richly detailed terra cotta, the building is Asheville’s
largest structure. From the time of its opening until 1942, the Grove Arcade
was a center of western North Carolina commercial and civic life. During World
War II, the Arcade was taken over by the Federal government to relocate offices
displaced in Washington D.C. by new war departments. At the war’s conclusion,
the building remained in federal ownership and eventually was reconfigured to
serve as headquarters of the National Climatic Data Center. The Grove Arcade
was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. When the Climatic Center moved to a new
facility in 1994, the Grove Arcade was declared surplus property.
order to convert the Grove Arcade into a mixed-use development and return the
building to its former splendor, the City of Asheville acquired this property
through the Historic Surplus Property Program in 1997. The City subsequently
entered into a long-term lease arrangement with the Grove Arcade Public Market
Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that rehabilitated the ground floor of
the building as a public market. The Foundation, in turn, formed a partnership
with a for-profit developer, leading to a major rehabilitation of the remaining
two-thirds of the property for shops, restaurants, offices, and apartments.