The Fortune Building

"... where community is a tool of great value." 

 

For over 70 years, it was the home of [Ideal, and then] Fortune’s Paint & Hardware Co., which provided West Asheville neighborhood residents with the tools to build and repair their homes. In 1983, it was bought and renamed Davis Hardware, until 1995 when it became the Keith Davis Auction Company. In 1998, it was purchased by EcoInvest with a creative community vision in mind. Initially housing the Asheville ReSource Center in 1998, it has incubated and hosted a variety of progressive micro-businesses and ecclectic events ever since.

After an ‘extended re-birthing period’, it is currently undergoing a re-design/renovation.
Continuing to be a work-in-progress and a labor-of-love,
The Fortune Building mission is simple:

 

 

To provide space for education, information, and creative expression,
helping us collectively find the necessary tools to rebuild
ourselves, our community, and our planet.

 

 

 


BuildingRear LotBsmtStreet2nd Flr
3 levelsparkingunfnshdhalf-fnshfinished
15,000sqft.12 ac5000sf5000sf5000sf
Built 1926gravelconcrete

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Brick/block12spcsstorageretail+offices

Sign which was hung out front in 2008.

Caution: Men at Work (or is that Play?)

Symbol of the endless construction...

Sealing the Ceiling

Foreshadowing of a future separator wall.

Mountain Mural...

...which went up in a weekend...

...and still remains,

to this day.

Aliens or Fortunite construction workers? ;)

One of the many pre-construction events which took place pre-2006. This was a wedding reception.

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Snapshots


Symbol of the endless construction...
Sealing the Ceiling
Foreshadowing of a future separator wall.
Mountain Mural...
...which went up in a weekend...
...and still remains,
to this day.
Aliens or Fortunite construction workers? ;)
One of the many pre-construction events which took place pre-2006. This was a wedding reception.
Upstairs rear ClassRoom
Front MeetingRoom...
...and it's 8x12 white board wall.
Wesley under his 'Four Seasons' painting upstairs above the staircase.
Sign which was hung out front in 2007-2010.
Caution: Men at Work (or is that Play?)