Biltmore Avenue

Asheville, NC

Fine Arts Theatre
Reuse and rehabilitation of an abandoned 400-seat, single screen, movie theater into a two screen film and performance facility. The theater was originally built in 1947. The theater closed in the mid-80s and lay neglected for several years until Samsel Architects teamed with the owner to reopen as a independent film theater. The project received an award from the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County.

60 Biltmore Avenue
Originally built as a hotel in 1925, this building was left to ruin in the depression and finally rescued by Samsel Architects in the late 1980s. Now on the National Historic Registry, 60 Biltmore is home to Asheville’s popular City Bakery, American Folk Art gallery and upstairs the office and studio of Samsel Architects.

Asheville Wine Market
Across the street, a former carriage works built in the 1890s created a perfect backdrop for an upscale wine market with its massive stone walls and heavy timber structure with daylighting provided by sawtooth roof monitors. The custom designed wine racks and sales counter, hardwood floors, and dramatic lighting give this gourmet shop a welcoming atmosphere.