Core Houses

main "common" house
back of second adjacent house

Built in the early 1920's, the two main residential core houses, or "common houses" are where most meetings and weekly dinners take place.  These were the first two adjacent properties renovated in '96-'97, and this is where the founding members live and guests or interns usually first stay. Further work is being done to fully accommodate 8-9 private or semi-private furnished rooms with four kitchens and five bathrooms.

In addition to bungalow charm and being conveniently located between two bus lines in one of West Asheville's more desirable walkable neighborhoods, the main house is also one of the most historically unique in Asheville given it's primarily covered in American Chestnut tree bark shingles. (fyi -- American Chestnut trees were prolific in this region years ago, and have been all but extinct for over 50 years as a disease/blight knocked them out altogether. They have recently been reintroduced after successful efforts to grow a disease resistant strain.)  So if the squirrels don't eat them first, maybe these rare shingles will be better preserved and maintained for another 90+ years!