D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Grove Park Inn
Photographic Collection

1913  - 1930


"Grove Park Inn Construction", [A 57], Grove Park Inn Photographic Collection, [CL01.AC.16],
"Grove Park Inn, under construction." photograph by Robinson [virtual collection, originals held by the Grove Park Inn]
D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNCA

Title Grove Park Inn Photographic Collection
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/photo/grove_park_inn/default.htm
Creator The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804
Alt. Creator Fred L. Seely
Alt. Creator George Masa [Photographer]
Alt. Creator Herbert W. Pelton [Photographer]
Alt. Creator John B. Robinson [Photographer]
Alt. Creator D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections
Subject Keyword Grove Park Inn ; Fred L. Seely ; F. L. Seely ; C. Morse ; C. W. Morse ; E. L. Potter ; William S. Kenney ; hotels ; construction ; travel and tourism ; Asheville, NC ; inns ;
Subject LCSH Grove Park Inn (Asheville, NC)
Grove Park Inn -- Correspondence
Hotel Management -- Grove Park Inn -- History
Resorts -- North Carolina -- Asheville -- History
Seely, Fred L. 
Grove, E. W. 
Appalachian Mountains -- History
Description The collection is a virtual collection. The photographs are in the collections of the Grove Park Inn.  The images are largely construction photographs of the Grove Park Inn largely taken by John B. Robinson, a local photographer,  and contained in a series of albums assembled by the Inn.  The construction of the Inn and many of the associated buildings and landscape details that were added by the builders over a period of  years, are included in the some 374 images in the collection. It is one of the most complete construction records for a building in the Asheville area and a visual history of construction practice just after the turn of the century. Also included, are some ephemeral material held by the Inn and a small body of photographs donated by the Ogilive family.
Publisher D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor Jason Gardner
Alt. Contributor Julie Powell
Alt. Contributor Jay Boyd
Date 2005-12-20,
Type Image ; text ; manuscript
Format Digital files 
Source P2005.9.1 ; Virtual collection ; Original material located at the The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.
Language English
Relation E. M. Ball Collection , UNCA ; John B. Robinson Photographs, [See: Holladay Collection of John B. Robinson Photographs] Selected photographs from the some 5,000 photographs taken by Robinson while he resided in both Washington DC and in western North Carolina.  The photographs capture life at the turn of the century and many popular landmarks on the East Coast, Washington DC and life and architecture in western North Carolina, particularly the Grove Park Inn ; The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa,  290 Macon Avenue,  Asheville, NC  ; Biltmore Industries Archive, Grovewood Gallery, Inc. and UNCA ; Grove Park Inn Plan and Comments, part of Biltmore Industries Archive, Grovewood Gallery, Inc. and UNCA ; Grove Park Inn Letters, part of Biltmore Industries Archive, Grovewood Gallery, Inc. and UNCA Spec Coll ; Bruce Johnson, Built for the ages : a history of the Grove Park Inn, Grove Park Inn and Country Club, 1991 ;  The Book of Mottos From the Grove Park Inn, , introduction by Bruce Johnson, Berkeley, Calif.: Arts and Crafts Press, 1996: UNCA Spec Coll ; Souvenir folder of Grove Park Inn and vicinity, Asheville, N.C , UNCA Spec Coll ; The mystery of George Masa [videorecording] / a Bonesteel Films production ; produced and directed by Paul Bonesteel , UNCA video cassette ; Fred L. Seely Oral History  ; Bob Archibald, A Short History of the Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference: a journey to tarts & crafts heaven, Berkeley: Arts and Crafts Press 1987 ; Grove Park Inn : finest resort hotel in the world, Sunset Mountain, Asheville, N.C , UNCA Spec Coll In the land of the sky : Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina, UNCA Spec Coll ;
Coverage temporal 1912-1913
Coverage spatial The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804
Rights Restrictions apply. Any display, publication, or public use must seek the permission of the The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. Asheville, NC and the D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa and creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.  The Grove Park Inn is Trademarked and the reproduction of images for commercial purposes is forbidden without permission of the Grove Park Inn.
Donor Virtual collection
Acquisition 2005-12-20
Citation Grove Park Inn Collection (1913- ), D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804. Any use of the materials in this collection must have the permission of the Inn and must also cite the The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa,  290 Macon Avenue,  Asheville, NC 28804
Processed by  UNCA Special Collections staff, 2005-12-20 .
Last update 2005-12-20
History The Inn was built in eleven months and 25 days from the time the first stone was laid until the day it was declared finished by the builder, E. W Grove and his architect, contractor and son-in-law, Fred L. Seely. It is reported that during construction, some 400 men were involved in the construction process.

The Inn was built in five sections that join end-to-end, step terrace-like along the mountain ridge. Native uncut granite boulders quarried from Sunset Mountain form the wall surfaces and chimneys of the inn and the roof is topped with red sloping tile manufactured in Ohio. It appears as a magnificent lodge on Sunset Mountain, its organic form mimicking its natural surroundings. 

For a more extensive history  see Grove Park Inn - History. <http://www.groveparkinn.com/Leisure/TheResort/History/>
 

Series Photograph Album #1 - 225 images, not including duplicates.
  Photograph Album #2 - 63 images, not including duplicates.
  Photographs Album #3 - 86 images, not including duplicates.

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