United States of America, North Carolina, Buncombe County, Asheville
Linmar (Asheville, North Carolina)
Located in suburban Asheville, North Carolina, this transitional Georgian to Federal house is at an altitude of 2,200 feet. It was the second house built in the "Golden Horseshoe" of Baltimore Forest Country Club property. Th house was originally built by Charles Minor, MD, who was the physician to the Vanderbilt family. Built in 1923, the house went through a succession of owners and was in a dilapidated condition when acquired by the present owners in 1993.
The landscaping becomes more formal as you pass up the drive. The owner wanted to "create a pool of green" at the entrance to the house, which required moving the driveway further toward the street. The 70 year old boxwoods were relocated on the property; and additions were made to the house. The flower garden has been designed to include curvilinear elements to soften the hard lines of the colonial architecture. Emphasis on placement of the beds was that they be visible from inside the house. A "summer house," which is really a foil for a grill area, and a pergola were added in 1994. The garden includes a North Carolina Silver Bell tree, which is among the largest in the state and awarded a Treasure Tree Certificate. The vast lawn extends into the golf course, so that nothing interferes with the view of Bushee Mountain.
Persons associated with the property include: Charles L. Minor, MD (former owner, 1923); Zelda Williams (former owner, 1928); Horton (former owner, 1935); Richard Merriweather (former owner, 1977); Robert Pew (former owner, 1989); Henry Gaines (architect); Tony Lord (architect of addition); Bill Ache (builder, 1992); and Charles Godfrey (landscape architect).
The folder includes a work sheet, site plans, and photocopy of house photo dated 1923.