Project Description

Another facility served in Ashville, North Carolina, is the Federal Building-Courthouse. It is six stories and 107,870 square feet. It was built in 1929. The building is currently occupied by the U.S. Courthouse and other government agencies, including Social Security Administration, the U.S. Forestry Commission, the U.S. Attorney, the U.S. Marshalls, and the FBI. Post and Otis streets define two edges of the 1.3 acre site on which the building sits in the Central Business District of Asheville, North Carolina. It is an example of modernistic style, inspired in part by the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industrielles Modernes. It is significant as a stylistic example, in nearly original condition on the exterior, and as a symbol of the Federal presence in Asheville. Much of the original interior detailing remains in many areas, and several areas are almost entirely original. Original materials are evident throughout most corridors, stairs, entrance lobbies, original restrooms and in the district courtroom and library. Some of these original materials include terrazzo floors with marble borders, marble wainscot, plaster walls and ceilings, original stained panel wood doors with molded trim and wood chair rails.