Friday, May 22, 2020

Old stone walls

I live in an historic neighborhood, the oldest in our mountain city.  Victorian and Queen Anne-style houses from those early times line several of our main neighborhood streets.

But there are many smaller houses, too, Arts and Crafts bungalows, worker's houses, and "four-squares," -- simple block houses with four rooms on the main floor, four rooms on the upper floor.

So we're an eclectic neighborhood that was founded in boom times in the late 19th century, flourished until the Depression, and then descended in more difficult times in the 1950's and 1960's and 1970'.

As Asheville started to recover, slowly, in the late 1980's and early 1990's downtown (about the time we started visiting downtown), that when our neighborhood gradually started recovering, too (although we totally didn't know about it then.)

It wasn't until our serendipitous (and unexpected) house purchase here in 2008 that we discovered Montford and other neighborhoods in Asheville.

So I was sad to see a venerable piece of a beautiful stone wall collapse in the rains that we've had recently.  The walls surround a beautiful old Victorian house at the intersection of Chestnut and Cumberland avenues.  I hope the long-time owner has the resources to repair the wall -- the original stones are beautiful.


They're covered with mosses and lichens --not replaceable.


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