The Gray Rock Inn is a classic 100+ year old building in downtown Asheville, built in 1911 and recently operated as a rooming house. Currently it houses short-term and long-term residents in an International style, where bathrooms and kitchen facilities are shared.
Flora McD. Sorrell, widow of Marcellus Sorrell, operated a boarding house here after its construction. It later became known as the Deluxe Tourist Home and operated as such through the middle of the twentieth century. Nick Poulos managed the tourist home through the 1960s while also working at the Carolina Grill.
From the National Register of Historic Places
This imposing two-story Colonial Revival-style brick house has served as a boarding house, rooming house, tourist home, and apartments. The building rests on an ashlar foundation with stone extending onto the porch, porch posts, and facade while the main body of the house is brick laid in American bond. The house features three interior brick chimneys, hip- and shed-roof dormers, deep eaves with modillions, and an attached one-story flat-roof porch that wraps around the south side of the house; the porch is now enclosed with brick on the south side. The porch is carried by chamfered stone posts on stone piers with a metal balustrade, and a metal balustrade surrounds the porch roof balcony. The central entrance is composed of a single-leafft glazed-and-paneled door flanked by wide sidelights over two wood panels. The first-story windows are three-part tracery-over-one double-hung sash. A second-story front entrance opens onto the porch roof balcony and is framed by tracery sidelights and an arched opening with a solid demi-lune panel. The second-story entrance is flanked by paired tracery-over-one windows. Windows on the side and rear elevations are typicallly one-over-one double-hung sash. A second-story front entrance opens onto the porch roof balcony and is framed by tracery sidelights and an arched opening with a solid demi-lune panel. The second-story entrance is flanked by paired tracery-over-one windows. Windows on the side and rear elevations are typically one-over-one double-hung sash under flat brick arches. An array of solar panels is mounted on a steel frame atop the enclosed south side of the porch. A one-story rear ell was added, probably in the 1960s and rests on a tall concrete-block foundation. The ell displays stepped side parapets and one-over-one windows.
The Gray Rock Inn is affordable, clean, convenient housing in downtown Asheville, NC. Located in the heart of downtown, close to bus lines, shops, restaurants, with a natural foods store next door