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Grove Park Inn Finest Resort Hotel in the World ... [Brochure]

  "Grove Park Inn Brochure " [cover]
D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC at Asheville 28804

Title  Grove Park Inn Finest Resort in the World ... [Brochure]
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/books/booklets/
Subject Keyword Fred Seely ; Grove Park Inn ; organs ; music ; hotels ; Biltmore Industries ; Biltmore Forest Country Club ; dining ; E.W. Grove ; Asheville, NC ; Sunset Mountain ; wood carving ; organ ;
Subject LCSH Grove Park Inn  (Asheville, N.C.)
Asheville (N.C.) -- History -- Pictorial works
Asheville (N.C.) -- Architecture
North Carolina -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works
Asheville (N.C.) -- Description and travel
Date original c. 1922
Date digital 2004-04-22
Publisher Digital publisher: Special Collections D.H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Contributor Fred Loring Seely 
Type Source type: Photographs ; Text 
Format image/jpeg/text
Source Special Collections SpeColl F264.A8 G76
Language English
Relation E.M. Ball Photographic Collection, UNCA ; Documenting the American South, Chapel Hill: Asheville -- the Ideal Autumn and Winter Resort City: Electronic Edition. Washington: Southern Railway (U.S.) Passenger Traffic Dept., 1900?. Documenting the American South, UNC Chapel Hill: Autumn and Winter in the Land of the Sky: Electronic Edition. Washington: Southern Railway (U.S.) Passenger Traffic Dept., 1915? ; LeCompte Postcard Collection, UNCA;  Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa - Welcome Grove Park Inn Finest Resort in the World, UNCA ; Grove Park Inn - "In the Land of the Sky" (after 1917) , UNCA ; .Biltmore Industries,  UNCA ;
Coverage temporal 1930's [?]
Coverage spatial Asheville, NC
Rights Any display, publication or public use must credit D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Copyright retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Description A 15 page promotional brochure for the Grove Park Inn prepared by Fred Loring Seely and containing information about the Inn, its context, the city of Asheville and other related information about western North Carolina.
Donor None
Acquisition 2003 
Processed by Special Collections staff,  2004
Last update 2009-08-24
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gpib000 Cover   [Cover] "Grove Park Inn, Finest Resort in the World, Sunset Mountain, Asheville, N.C. Absolutely Fireproof. Open all the Year. The Altitude Makes it Cool in Summer." [Note at bottom of cover]: "We do not entertain conventions. We have found that they disturb the homelike atmosphere of the Inn and interfere with the comfort of guests." gpib000.jpg (1461614 bytes)
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Asheville in Summer

There is probably no place in the world where the climate is finer in the summer and fall than in Asheville.

It is seldom one can sleep without a blanket, and there are no mosquitoes.

We show herewith the summer temperature as given by the United States Weather Bureau. Please note that we give the temperature at the warmest hour of the day, 3 p.m.

Typical Mean Temperature for One Year

Month Maxi-mum Minimum Monthly Total Rain Number of Hours Sunshine
January . 44.8 29.2 37.0 3.41 136 7
February   March .... 49.2 45.2 31.3 28.5 40.2 36.8 2.78 2.00 176.9 200.9
April ..... 68.8 44.1 56.4 1 09 268 0
May ...... 73.9 53.8 63.8 4.53 279 9
June 77.1 58.0 67.6 4.74 269 8
July . 82.6 61.5 72.0 2.78 287 8
August ... 79.5 61.3 70.4 4.26 227 2
September October .. November  December 78.0 68.5 59.0 46.5 56.9 48.2 38.0 28.8 67.4 58.4 48.5 37.6 4.09 3.33 2.20 5.01 243.0 191.5 203.6 162.6
Year . 64.4 45.0 54.7 40.22 2647.9

Average temperature for Asheville for the three summer months for the past six years, United States Weather Bureau .-

1914-June      73.1

          July      72.3

         August  72.2

1915-June     67.6

         July       72

         August  70

1916- June     67.8

          July      72.2

         August   72.6

1917-June       67.5

          July       72.0

         August    70.3

1918-June       69.6

         July         68.9

         August     72.8

1919-June         70.3

          July         73.2

         August      71.1

Never a Mosquito. Special Summer and Fall Rates.


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Grove Park Inn is the Finest Resort Hotel in the World.

It is operated the year round. It is absolutely fireproof — built of the great boulders of Sunset Mountain, at the foot of which it sits.

It was built by hand in the old-fashioned way—full of rest, comfort and wholesomeness. The front lawn is the hundred and twenty acre eighteen-hole golf links of the Asheville Country Club, and with it sixty acres of lawn and a thousand acres of • woods and mountain belonging to the hotel.

From the porches of the Inn one looks across the golf links upon an inspiring vista of mountain scenery—lofty peaks fading away in the distance—the most entrancing region and the most delightful climate to be found in America.

Water :—All the water used at Grove Park Inn is piped seventeen miles from the slopes of Mount Mitchell, nearly 7000 feet altitude, and without question is unexcelled for its purity.

One of the two great fireplaces in the Lobby.

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gpib003 page 3 The watershed from which it comes is the highest mountain east of the Rockies.

Food:—The kitchen of Grove Park Inn is not excelled in the finest hotels in this country or Europe. Its walls are of white glazed tile—the floors white ceramic tile. All dishes are boiled after each using, even the silver and drinking glasses are boiled.

Ice:—All refrigeration is artificial— ice not used.

Plumbing:—The plumbing material is the finest that has ever been placed in any hotel in the world. The soil pipe was hydraulically tested and then galvanized. The hot water pipe, 18,000 pounds in weight, is solid brass. The steam pipes are of flyers' genuine lap-welded wrought iron, tested hydraulic-ally to 1000 pounds. The bath tubs and fixtures are all solid porcelain, made to our order by

500 feet of Porches around Inn

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gpib004 page 4 Haines, Jones, & Cadbury, of Philadelphia, the oldest plumbing manufacturers in the United States. Even the lighting fixtures in the bath rooms are porcelain. The toilet seats are celluloid. No pipes are visible anywhere. No radiators to be seen—all placed in recesses under windows.

Lighting:—No electric bulbs visible. All lighting indirect. Every window a casement window (like two doors) opening from top to bottom—double the ventilation of the regular windows.

Furnishings:—Seven hundred pieces of furniture and over 600 lighting fixtures of solid copper were made by hand by the Roycrofters, at East Aurora.

Heating:—The steam heating is a vacuum system, absolutely noiseless, and as the radiators are hidden under the windows in the sills, there is no annoyance from this usually objectionable feature of an hotel.

View of the great Lobby, called the "Big Room.'

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gpib005 page 5 The cleaning is done with Hoover Vacuum Cleaners.

Beds:—Not a double bed in the Inn. Double rooms have two three-quarter beds and single rooms one. The beds are six feet four inches long and are the finest and most comfortable money could produce.

The bed linens are of Imported Oxford twill. The pillows are of pure down. The springs are of the best double "box" type, upholstered with heavy pads on top, and the mattresses are the Sealy tuftless "De Luxe," not excelled if equaled by any mattress on the market today. Spreads, curtains, pillow mantles, scarfs, etc., are of the finest quality, pure brown linen. All are hemstitched, and every piece of linen (there are over 12,000 in number) bears a hand-sewed name tape, but no ink markings.

We maintain quiet in the bedrooms and corridors after 10:30 p. m., and in the morning until 9 o'clock.

One of the curses of the ordinary hotel is the lack of consideration for guests who need rest or care to retire before midnight. A few people who prefer to retire late ill thoughtlessly disturb hundreds who

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gpib006 page 6 desire rest, by loud talking, slamming of doors, throwing shoes on the floor, and a dozen other annoyances; and then by 6.30 in the morning the hotel help usually begins its war on sleep by beginning to clean corridors, slop closets and any place that will produce noise. At Grove Park Inn it is different. The ceiling of the "Big Room" is over one foot thick, of solid concrete. The ceilings of the bowling alley and billiard rooms are the same. All of our amusement rooms were built so that guests could enjoy themselves until any hour practically without restraint and without the noise penetrating to the sleeping rooms. On the other hand, we consider that our bedrooms are for rest after a reasonable hour, and we have the courage to enforce a discipline that makes rest possible. Our employees wear rubber heels, and maids are provided comfortable chairs in their respective corridors, where they report for service at 8 o'clock, but they sit and read until 9 a. m., merely being where guests can call them if they need them.

View of one of the Dining Rooms.


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Homespun Shops, home of hand-weaving industry. Text under image reads: "The Homespun Shops in the grounds at Grove Park Inn. This is by far the largest hand-weaving industry in the world. It is owned by Mr. Seely, who built and operates Grove Park Inn. Be sure to visit the Shops when you are at the Inn. They are very interesting and you will be shown through by a guide."


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Biltmore Forest Country Club on the famous Biltmore Estates.

Links and Club House completed 1922 at an outlay of nearly half-million dollars.

The last word in Donald Ross' skill.

We have been gratified with the reception the public has given such a system, and have found that we were right in our belief that persons who were not in sympathy with so reasonable a system were not desirable patrons for a place like Grove Park Inn. Every opportunity is afforded at Grove Park Inn for a good time. Dancing late, bowling, music, and every reasonable amusement; but we insist also on every opportunity for guests to rest if they wish to.

Lobby:—The "Big Room," or lobby, of Grove Park Inn is one of the most wonderful rooms in the world. It is 120 feet long by 80 feet wide, and can comfortably entertain 1000 people. The two great fireplaces in it burn eight-foot logs, and each required 120 tons of boulders to build. This great room is built up of the most unique collection of native boulders, flint and mica, and at nights is illuminated by indirect lights which are

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gpib010 page 10 reflected against the ceiling. The lights in this room alone give over 12,000 candle-power of illumination.

In this room is the world's finest Orchestral Organ. It is the life's masterpiece of Ernest M. Skinner, of Boston, who is called the Steinway of organ builders. A fuller description is given on the last page of this booklet.

The acoustics of this room are perfect, the great heavy tones of the organ being no clearer than the faint little waves of the "celeste " notes.

" Backlogs " for the fireplaces are two feet in diameter and it takes ten men to place one on the andirons. The four great andirons weigh 500 pounds apiece, and an average of twenty-four days' blacksmith work was done on each of them.

Grove Park Inn is located on the side of Sunset Mountain, about a mile from the top, and is not only cool enough in the summer to make a blanket necessary at night, but is protected and mild enough in winter to make life enjoyable without enervation.

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gpib011 page 11 The climate of Asheville is wholesome and invigorating. Thronged in winter by those who wish to escape the extreme cold of the North without, however, losing entirely the favorable effects of a bracing atmosphere, it is sought also in summer for its cool, salubrious climate by visitors from the warmer, humid regions in the South Atlantic, Middle, Gulf and Eastern States. The altitude forbids humidity and heat even on the warmest summer days. There are no mosquitoes.

The buildings of the Inn, nearly 500 feet in length, are of solid granite, the outside of the walls being of massive boulders, some of which weigh from three to five tons. The men worked under instructions that when the Inn was finished not a piece of stone should be visible to the eye except it show the time-eaten face given to it by the thousands of years of sun and rain that had beaten upon it as it had lain on the mountain side. These great boulders were laid with the lichens and moss on them just as they were found.

Five hundred feet of porches, nearly all of which face 180 acres of golf links and lawn.

In one section of the building there are sixty-four guest rooms, every one a double room and every one with private bath. Three other sections are in suites of rooms with baths. All bedrooms connect and all walls between rooms are double fireproof walls with air spaces between. They are nearly sound-proof.

The corridors are very wide, in order to give an abundance of room and ventilation. The walls between the corridors and bedrooms are double tile partitions, nearly one and one-half feet thick, through which it is practically impossible to hear noises outside.

Suites of rooms arranged with any degree of elegance the guests may require.

The court occupying the center of the main building extends to the roof and is capped with an enormous skylight which admits an ocean of sunlight. The effect is a most delightful sun-parlor to be enjoyed on cool days, as well as a sitting-room for evenings.

No hotel in the world has ever been built with the care and

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gpib012 page 12 of the quality of this Inn. Massive rustic walls, four and one-half feet thick, of boulders backed with solid granite and Portland, cement. Concrete floors and roofs. The roofs of the Inn form an excellent illustration of its massiveness and the care in construction. First there was poured a roof five inches thick of Portland cement concrete, reinforced with 90,000 pounds of steel rods. On this was laid five layers of Trinidad Asphalt interposed between three layers of asbestos felt. On this fifteen carloads of fireproof tile, held on with one and one-half tons of coppered steel nails and twenty tons of Tucker's fireproof roof cement.

Grove Park Inn is an unique structure, built on an entirely different plan from the average resort hotel. It is designed on plain and solid lines and is constructed for safety, comfort and utility. The Hotel is thoroughly sanitary and all attempt at the bizarre, the tawdry and flashily foolish has been omitted. The furnishings and equipment were installed with the same idea in view. The idea was to build a big home where every modern convenience could be had, but with all the old-fashioned qualities of genuineness with no sham. Things made by Nature, assisted by artists, carry sentiment. The product of the head, heart and hand is a thing to be loved and we wish you to think of this Inn as your resort home and not as a transient hotel.

Persons with any sort of tubercular trouble will not be received at the Inn.

Wines and Liquors: — It is unlawful for the management to provide or sell liquors to guests of this hotel. Mineral and table waters, lemonades and soft drinks can be ordered and served at the table, in the grill, bedrooms or anywhere else in the hotel.


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Homespun and Wood-Carving

A very interesting feature in connection with the Inn is the Biltmore Industries, purchased from Mrs. Ceo. W. Vanderbilt by Mr. Seely, who built and operates the Inn.

Biltmore Industries had their beginning in the year 1901, in an industrial school started in Biltmore Village by Mrs. Vanderbilt.

The enterprise so far outgrew its early surroundings that in 1917 Mrs. Vanderbilt sold it in its entirety to Mr. Seely.

Unique Old English shop buildings have been built on the grounds of the Inn, and the Industries, with all their workers, moved into them.

The same workers are employed, and the products are being made as they have been for over twenty years.

Every piece of Biltmore Homespun is hand-woven and guaranteed to contain absolutely nothing but wool. The colors are guaranteed, and it is guaranteed not to shrink.

All hand-carved woodwork is guaranteed, and any pieces not perfect will be replaced or money refunded.

We manufacture about two hundred patterns and colors in homespun, and over two hundred different articles in hand-carved woodwork.

We are glad to mail samples of homespun on request, and catalog of wood-carving or even samples of woodwork for inspection if desired.

Two gold and one silver medals have been awarded the Industries.


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From "Golf" Magazine

To describe the beauties of the Asheville course is hopeless. It is located on a bit of plateau, near the city and somewhat above it. On one side is the base of Sunset Mountain, and on another the City of Asheville. And encircling it on every side is range on range of hills. Yon will have to imagine the surroundings from that—or, better still, come and see it. It will repay you.

The course itself is well conceived and well executed. Its length is 5,754 yards, but it seems longer. This is because so many of the holes are on sharply rolling ground. Yet none of them require the mountain-climbing play that is needful in many a resort in the hills.

Totals —Out distance 2,834 yards, bogey 35. In distance 2,920 yards, bogey 36.

Students of golf courses will not be long in observing that the Asheville course was designed for pleasure and not as a critical test of golf. However, that is quite as it should be. Asheville is a resort. People play the course for pleasure, and they are not particularly anxious to work themselves to the limit of strength and endurance. Many of the distances are excellent. The second, sixth, eighth and seventeenth are four as fine pitch holes as one would care to see. The third is a magnificent sweep, down hill and up again, to a picturesque and excellently located green.

The course is well supplied with hazards, ditches, streams, sunken roads and the like, along with a moderate admixture of traps and bunkers. It has no "goat-getters," requires no superhuman drives, bnt furnishes enough trouble to put a premium on first-class golf. One beauty of the course is that the first, ninth, sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth holes are within a short distance of the club house and much of the rest of the round is in sight of the club verandas.

The turf of the course is excellent and the putting greens surprisingly good. To those accustomed to the Bermuda grass putting greens of "Dixie" the Asheville greens are a revelation. Bermuda greens are true but extremely "slow." The Asheville greens are covered with a grass absolutely without resistance to the progress of the ball, and in consequence are "keen" to a degree. They are well kept and always true. It is doubtful if there is a resort course in the South where the turf is any better.

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Our New Organ

It is with no little pride that we are able to state we have installed at Grove Park Inn the masterpiece of the greatest organ builder the world has ever produced.

Mr. Ernest M. Skinner of Boston, who is called the Steinway of organ builders, has built for us the masterpiece of his life's work up to the present time.

In giving Mr. Skinner the contract for this organ, he was directed to build into it every tone and every device that could legitimately go into a strictly orchestral concert organ, and we are proud of the fact that the result has been an instrument which we do not believe is equaled in the entire world.

There are two stops in this organ which have never been used in any other organ. There is one stop which has only two duplicates; and this is the third organ he has built where the piano is played by the organist from the keyboard. It may be noticed that this organ differs from so-called pipe organs and church organs in that it is strictly orchestral in practically all of its qualities.

There are six departments or organs, three in the north end of the room, two including the solo and orchestral organs in the south end, and the echo organ in the hallway of the next building to the south. There are included in this organ the Cathedral Chimes.

It required over sixty miles of wire for the electrical work. It requires a fifteen horse power motor to blow it and there are in the neighborhood of seven thousand pipes. It required three freight cars to bring it from the factory and four months to install it.

Mr. Skinner has built the most superb organs in existence, such organs as in the College of the City of New York, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and others equally famous.

F. L. S.


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