The Grove Arcade, designed by Charles Parker and built in 1928, is one of the architectural gems of downtown Asheville, NC. Built as a downtown public market, it still essentially fulfills that function with an array of boutiques, galleries and restaurants on the ground level and offices above.
At the Northern entrance, a pair of winged lions serve as an introduction to the building’s Palladian style.
The GA monogram can be found in several places in the building, here on the floor in one of the entrances.
The building is a kind of indoor city enabling the pleasures of consumption without the grime and noise of the street. Skylights allow for ample daylight, and the spiral staircases lead to the offices on the second level.
Do these details remind anyone else of Hogwarts, or is it just me?