1916 Flood – Martha

After this picture was taken, the rest of the railroad bridge fell into the flood waters. “I don’t know what to do.” Martha said to Jan. “Well, you have to go back. That much you know already. Doesn’t a lot depend on how Randall reacts?” Jan’s eyebrows were lowered...

2020 Affordable Housing

The Evolution From Historic Boarding House to Affordable Housing KEVIN SPARGO PHOTOS In 2001, I took on a rehab project that featured energy retrofits, historic restoration, and affordable housing. At the time, the building at 100 Biltmore Ave. was falling apart and...
1986 Robert’s Dad

1986 Robert’s Dad

When I opened the front door, the stench knocked me back outside. It was like the time a raccoon died in the crawl space under my house. I called inside for my father, but the house was too quiet.  I had planned this trip from Vermont to Asheville to visit my...

2022 Energy Retrofits at Gray Rock Inn

The Benefits of Efficiency Upgrades on Mature Buildings The building was tired, but the ‘bones’ were good. In 2001, the Gray Rock Inn at 100 Biltmore Ave, Asheville NC was in bad shape with a leaking roof, termite damage, and falling plaster. It fronted...

1919 Ghosts

Arthur blew as hard as he could on the diamond ring. Bea pushed it with her hands. A little dust swirled up but the ring didn’t budge. Arthur stood back up and kicked it while Bea touched it with her fingertips and willed it forward. It eventually moved when they both...